Feline Fascination

Painting & Illustration

by Joshua Heston

The simple act of applying paint (or ink or graphite) to substrate — whether it be paper, wood or canvas — seems a simple enough act.

However, beyond the materials and techniques, there lies the power of human emotion. The interaction of heart and mind and the world around us.

The Ozarks have long been a source of great inspiration, as evidenced by individuals such as Thomas Hart Benton, Rose O’Neill, George Kieffer and M.E. Olliver.

It is an endeavor that continues to this day.

Celebrating the Ozark Mountains (and her people) through painting — that is what this section is all about.

Sam Hull

Painter, Watercolor

Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Sam Hull has lived all over this great country.

When it came time to retire, however, the Ozarks “were the kind of country we’d like to stay in,” he notes from his home overlooking both Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake near Forsyth, Missouri.

He and his wife Sue moved here in 1985.

It is an inspiring view from the home of a deeply talented watercolor painter devoted to his craft — and dedicated to capturing a moment in time as well as a sense of nostalgia in each piece.

“Cold, foggy weather has more character,” Hull continues. “And I like to paint foggy paintings.” It is a look and feel aptly suited to his watercolor style. Soft washes and delicate brush strokes bring luminous sunlit fog banks and the sweeping arch of oak and elm to life.

Having dabbled most of his life with sketching and painting, Hull discovered watercolor while living in Memphis, Tennessee. “There was an artist who was showing some of her stuff and I didn’t know it was watercolor. I asked her if she taught classes and she said, as a matter of fact, she did.”

“It’s a tough medium, though. Most people shy away from watercolor because of that. Like golf, you are never in total control and you have to go with what happens.”

Hull’s work often surprises observers. “I work to get contrasts and detail,” he notes. “And a lot of people think watercolor is all about soft tones. I also work to capture a moment in time, whether it is that first snowfall or the wind blowing the clothes on the line. I paint what I think about, combining a variety of elements.”

Hull, who is associated with the Forsyth Art Guild as well as the Table Rock Art Guild, teaches regularly. “It takes a long time to get a feel for watercolor but you can get started very easily. With a wash brush, a medium and a round and some good paper, you can paint. It’s like fishing. You can fish with just a couple of lures.”

Hull uses Arches paper (usually 140-pound cold press) and Winsor-Newton paints. A 30-year old palette box keeps his paints moist. “You paint to save the white,” reminds the artist, “It’s about painting the lights and the darks.”

A regular contributor to the venerable White River Art Show, Sam Hull continues to contribute mightily to the art culture of these Ozark Mountains.

— by Joshua Heston, October 19, 2011

plate 1. Amy Callaway’s piece Feline Fascination was accepted by the book The Magic of Texture. Above left, a portrait of the artist’s father — painted for her parent’s 50th wedding annniversary — looks on.

Amy Callaway

plate 2. Dogwood blossoms and guitars framed by a country quilt complete this scene by KIrbyville artist Callaway. “I wanted to paint something that embodied the music and beauty of Branson,” shares Callaway.

Amy Callaway

plate 3. Gourd art is something Callaway is now experimenting with. This piece showcases a dahlia blossom in pastel and colored pencil.

Sam Hull

plate 4. Sam Hull with Alley Spring Mill painting.

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plate 5. Watercolor palette.


plate 6. “With a wash brush, a medium and a round and some good paper, you can paint. It’s like fishing. You can fish with just a couple of lures.” — Sam Hull

Photo credits: J. Heston. Location:Forsyth, Missouri • SOTO © Archive October 19, 2011.

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Downtown Branson & Hollister Art Walk

(Branson, MO) Over 52 area artists and 39 businesses are scheduled to participate in this event which will include new art exhibits as well as artists’ demonstrations. The Taneycomo Festival Orchestra will perform in five different locations. Event flyers and maps are posted at all participating businesses and maps are also available at host businesses, including Vintage Paris in Hollister.

“Here is your chance to meet local artists and experience a wondeful variety of fine art being created right in our own community,” notes Tenille Blair-Neff of the Branson Arts Council.

The event is free to the public and will take place 4-8PM, June 22. For more information, contact the Branson Arts Council at (417) 336-4255.

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June 12, 2015

Amy Callaway’s Art Celebrates the Ozarks & More!

(Kirbyville, MO) Talented artist Amy Callaway grew up in northern Illinois but has found welcome support here in the Ozarks.

She has resided near Kirbyville with her husband Scott for over 10 years. “My parents were super supportive of my art,” notes Callaway as she works on a new project in the Branson Mill Craft Village. “And mom was creative too, as far as sewing. She always made our clothes and worked on quilt projects, crocheting, things like that. My dad would make frames for my artwork.”

An illustration major and graduate from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Callaway has received numerous awards and is a signature member of the Missouri Watercolor Society.

“I remember coming down here [to the Ozarks] when I was just nine years old and visiting Silver Dollar City,” shares the artist. “My parents retired to the area in 1990. I moved here in 1992. I met my husband Scott here and stayed. Now our daughter is almost 13.

“The Missouri Ozarks just have a good family atmosphere and it is not so overpopulated like it is in some areas.”

Callaway apprenticed the summer of 1987 with watercolorist Win Jones, NIU art instructor and has since garnered attention for watercolors’ exquisite sense of detail, color, contrast and balance.

The piece Feline Fascination was chosen for North Light’s Magic of Texture Splash 6 book and she has participated in the White River Art Show multiple times.

These days Callway may be found at the Branson Mill most days, experiementing with a variety of mediums, including pastels, charcoal, guache, pen and ink, and even creating art on several kinds of gourds.

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