In the centuries-old Appalachian mountain tune "Barbry Ellen," two ill-fated lovers, Barbry and William, die soon after each other in the lush springtime and are buried side by side. Out of each grave sprouts a green briar and climbing rose, respectively, growing and twining and twisting together and climbing up a church tower. In my painting, plant life is overtaking everything around it, and this called to mind that final image from the song, inspiring the title. The physical place that inspired this painting was on the grounds of an old, historic Dutch house in Upstate NY. At the edge of the lawn there was a stone stairway that plunged deep into a creek basin far below. The creek trickled through thick overgrowth to finally open onto a dark waterfall, cascading in sheets over a sheer face of slick, black rock. Surrounding the creek were mountainous forms, covered in neon green foliage. Heightened saturated color and an eeriness of light filled the basin, giving the place an otherworldly aura. It was this aura and feeling of overgrowth that I attempted to capture in Sweet William. The original painting is large, about 5x6 feet, and is oil on canvas.
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