About the Artwork
Hues of autumn and twilight color the sky, as the mighty screech owl emerges from a hidden nook. This fantastic scene was inspired by an overnight hiking trip at the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area with my wife and children in 2015. The haunting crystal moon was brilliant and filled the night sky with pale blue luminescence. Our heads were weary from our travels when we arrived upon our quarters. I unloaded the last of our gear from the vehicle when suddenly a screech owl’s shattering cry startled me from the tree line. I turned to look and behold, a piercing gaze caught me cold and we locked eyes for what seemed like eternity. The owl scanned my soul intently and seemed to examine every aspect of being. I began to squirm under its scrutiny and stepped hard on a twig. Snap! The sound alarmed my feathered friend and in a flash of lightning, the fierce screech owl took to the night. That was the last I saw of it. The next morning we ate breakfast ravenously in preparation for our hike through the beautiful landscape at Seneca Rocks. My encounter with the owl the night before stuck with me throughout the day and later in the evening as we rested, I sketched the initial roughs that would eventually become this painting. Thanks for looking. Enjoy!
The Grist Mill at Glade Creek – Babcock State Park, West Virginia
Brian C. Zickafoose © 2014
36″ x 24″ Oil on Canvas
Completion Date: November 22, 2014 – 11:22 am
In this painting, I explore the Flemish Realism oil technique of the Dutch Masters, as taught to me by the late local artist, David E. Weaver – to whose memory this is dedicated.
David Weaver was a friend of mine over the years. He was a generous and openly kind person. Whenever I would visit him at the Midland Trail Gallery, he was always giving me art prints and different things. I never left his studio empty handed. His mentorship and teaching was a huge inspiration for my art and life path. Without him this painting would not have been possible.
The painting depicts the Grist Mill at Babcock State Park at the peak of autumn’s glory on October 10, 2014 at around 4:00pm in the afternoon. Also featured in the image are several West Virginia state icons, including two cardinals (state bird), a sugar maple branch (state tree) and a honey bee (state insect), as well as native species of wildflowers.[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
I’m a true son of the hills. I was born and bred in Danese, WV, just a few miles up the road from the park. Whenever my family would get together growing up, it would always be at Babcock, so some of my fondest childhood memories center around that park. When I moved away from the area as an adult and would come home to visit, Babcock always seemed to greet me with a warm and loving embrace, as if to say, ‘You are home, my son’.
Pursuing my artistic dreams has taken me around the globe, hobnobbing in Amsterdam, living for a spell in Hollywood, California and most recently having spent a decade in Roanoke, Virginia. In 2012 I relocated my family back to the area and a year later launched the first oil painting in this series, Ancient River in Autumn – New River Gorge, WV, the predecessor of the Grist Mill at Glade Creek painting.
It was an inevitable expression of my creativity to paint this series. These great icons of West Virginia are ingrained in my memory and have become a part of who I am. Painting the Grist Mill is as much of an expression of myself as it is an interpretation of the iconography my home state. The Grist Mill is a sacred destination for many folks, including myself. This land was regarded as sacred grounds by the Indians ages before Europeans settled it and a millennia before the Grist Mill was built. So, continuing a tradition of spirituality in this area through my art is not only my heritage, it is my duty.
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Produced by: The Green Touch Group, LLC
Oil Painting by: Brian C. Zickafoose
Music: “Banjo Funk” by Brown House Media
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Video extras: Xia Yasmine Zickafoose and Zenna Yvonne Zickafoose
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Neptune’s Garden Painting Series
Mermaid’s Day Off
8″ x 10″ – Original Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Introducing the latest installment from the Neptune’s Garden Underwater Series, titled Mermaid’s Day Off – from visionary artist, Brian C. Zickafoose – featuring a lovely Mermaid, peacefully napping on her day off from perusing the ocean. This bright, gorgeous giclee print is printed on archival satin luster paper and will liven up any wall space for years to come. Each print comes signed and numbered with a Certificate of Authenticity from the artist’s studio.
We ventured north to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls, NY over the weekend of August 9-10 for the Annual CoSM Members BBQ, Full Moon Celebration and Lightbody Art Church with our hosts, world-renowned visionary artists, Alex and Allyson Grey. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment.
The Art of Brian C. Zickafoose Show and Signing at Ripple in Downtown Roanoke, VA
Saturday, June 14 Noon – 5:00PM
Ripple in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia will be hosting an art show and signing with visionary artist, Brian C. Zickafoose, featuring recent works from his Neptune’s Garden Underwater Series, including framed and matted reproductions, greeting cards, disc golf discs, lapel pins and other collectibles. The free event will have several door prizes, and there will also be a raffle for a signed and framed Octopus Den print from the artist.
Zickafoose, a long time resident of Roanoke, recently relocated his studio to the hills of West Virginia. His work has received national accolades, recently awarded an American Advertising Award for excellence in illustration. His work straddles the line between digital and traditional mediums. Reoccurring themes in his work include, transcendental spirituality, cosmic consciousness, ancient symbolism, sacred geometry, fantasy realms, crystals, birds and other mythical creatures. His work has been published in High Times and Relix Magazine, and he has created poster art for numerous bands and festivals, including 311, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, the Kottonmouth Kings, Floydfest, the Boston Freedom Rally and the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival. He recently partnered with INNOVA Disc Golf in launching their new line of full color golf discs imprinted with his “Fire & Ice” dragon artwork.
Ripple is a counter-culture bazaar, hippie general store and psychedelic boutique, located on the Historic City Market in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Ripple features a revolving selection of local artists, and regularly hosts meet and greets with bands and artists from all over the country.
Short Block of Information
What: Art Show and Signing with Artist Brian C. Zickafoose
When: June 14, 2014 from Noon to 5:00pm
Where: Ripple – 112 Market St. Downtown Roanoke – 540.492.9878
Tickets: This is a FREE Event
Info: View and RSVP to the official event page on Facebook.
Pictured: Neptune’s Garden :: Octopus’ Den – We will be raffling a signed, matted and framed version of this print. Actual print not pictured.
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The brand spanking new Fire & Ice Dragon INNcolor Disc Golf line from INNOVA Discs are here! Pimp your disc bag with one of these beautiful edge to edge, full color imprinted discs featuring the art of Brian C. Zickafoose.
The Fire & Ice Dragon was one of four initial designs chosen to roll out INNOVA’s new INNcolor Disc Golf 2014 line and will be available in various weights at authorized INNOVA Disc retail outlets very soon.
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Another season changes, winter unwillingly withers away and spring breathes life anew. With all things considered, times have never been better than right now. Truly a blessing, indeed.
With an explosion of new technology, we learn and live to experience new things in our lives every day at a much faster pace than we have ever considered possible as a species. Information is consumed in mind bending heaps at dizzying speeds.
Whether or not we are able to maintain relevancy in this modern age, depends on our ability to embrace change and move forward.
In that spirit, we are proud to launch the new BrianZickafoose.com brand and logo, a spanking new web site and a crazy awesome new product shop chocked with new goodies for the grabbing. I’ve literally poured myself and my resources into this project over the last few months and we are glad to finally have it go live.
Feel free to browse around and check out the new site layout, and if you can please stop in my shop and help support us as we continually strive to offer new products and collectibles in the very near future. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check us out. Much love and light – BZ
Click to view on YouTube: http://youtu.be/PPZlMq3Bnl0
About This Video
Visionary artist, Brian C. Zickafoose renders a time lapse video of his interpretation of the iconic New River Gorge Bridge in his oil painting on canvas, titled, Ancient River in Autumn: New River Gorge, West Virginia.
Time Lapse Produced by: Green Touch Group, LLC
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Performed by John Denver
Written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, and John Denver
Originally Performed by John Denver
Video shot entirely with a GoPro HERO 3 Silver Edition and Produced in GoPro Studio