Original oil paintings of wildlife and pets hand painted by professional artist Jon Houglum speaks to the viewer both emotionally and visually. Painting in the style of the old masters he displays a masterful and accurate rendering of any subject.
Jon’s paintings rendered from photographs of black bears in the North Carolina Mountains by North Carolina residents and tourists are a delight to animal lovers everywhere. The cow pastures, goat pastures and chicken pens seen throughout the mountains of Western North Carolina are often the subject of Jon’s paintings.
Jon specializes in painting black bears into North Carolina scenes.
Contact Jon to have a painting done from a photograph or on location of your favorite subject matter.
Animal and Wildlife Painting Gallery
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ANIMAL AND WILDLIFE OIL PAINTINGS
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JON HOUGLUM FINE ART STUDIO/GALLERY
Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center
51 Cowee School Road, Franklin, North Carolina, 28734
“I was teaching oil painting in the private home of a couple who lived in Highlands, North Carolina. The lady of the house had Alzheimer’s, and her husband was of the opinion that having a painting class in the home would have a therapeutic effect on his wife. I conducted this class for a year and a half. There were also two neighbor couples who joined in on this painting class as support for the home owners.
The “First Cat of the Family” was named Gray Rock. Upon meeting “The First Cat,” one immediately understood that Gray Rock had not missed a meal in a long time.
One day during class, Gray Rock came in from outside with a small bird in his mouth. Immediately a couple of the students descended upon Gray Rock in order to save the little bird. The bird was extricated from Gray Rock’s mouth, found still to be alive but in a sort of shock. The bird was gently placed on the sidewalk just outside the glass door. All in attendance were hopeful that the unfortunate bird would survive. Eventually, the bird took wing and flew to a nearby bush. It was then that Gray Rock, with somewhat of a look of bewilderment, was observed sitting on the step into the living-room. One of the ladies grabbed her I phone and took a picture of the confused cat. After examining the photo, the students were in total agreement regarding doing a painting of the fat cat.
A week later, I began a step-by-step study of Gray Rock. It took the class two weeks to do their version of the painting. When completed, I brought the study to my studio. After looking at it for a few days, I decided that Gray Rock looked like “The Butler who done it.” With that in mind, I enclosed Gray Rock’s sweater, added a button and a bow tie, and entitled the painting, “The Butler,” with the sub-title, “I don’t know nutt’en about no canary.”