Pumpkin Hollow

by Charles Wysocki

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"As a child I made frequent visits to my sweet Aunt Mary's farm in Pennsylvania. She had the usual farm animals and poultry, but the homemade apple butter and ice-cold root beer were her specialities that I remember with fondness. And riding in her funny little canvas-topped car was a treat, even though the dirt roads were bumpy. Her breakfasts were outrageously abundant. Then, after breakfast, walking through the dewy fields of plump pumpkins was exhilarating to a city lad like me. It is etched in my memory. I can still see the open spaces, smell the earthy aromas and hear the fluttering and quacking of the geese overhead." - Charles Wysocki

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The Artist

Charles Wysocki

1928 - 2002

Some things about Charles Wysocki's life can be anticipated. For instance, he collects Early American toys, tobacco tins, folk art, clocks, crockery and books. High on the list of favorite places are Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard . . . and all of New England.

Other things are a surprise - while he paints typically New England scenes, before his passing he lived in California. Yet one only has to look at his work to understand the person. Born in Detroit in 1928, Wysocki enjoyed an active and happy boyhood, which seems reflected in the spirit of his work. Since early childhood, he had no other desire than to be an artist.

After two years in the Army, Wysocki headed west to the Art Center School in Los Angeles, the city where he met his wife Liz, to whom he attributes much of his inspiration because she grew up on a farm. The aspects of her life that affected him were the basics: hard work, personal closeness and contentment with life's "little things."

Wysocki adds, "I hope my paintings revive pleasant thoughts of a bygone era and express a semblance of order and serenity that fills a need in this fast-changing world. I like to add a touch of humor into my work. I see life on the lighter side, in much simpler and more basic forms."

Wysocki's award-winning art is sought-after internationally and has been published in two books, American Celebration and Heartland.

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