Early American Painter
Suzanne Carroll Korn
It is my hope that the spirit of American tradition and history that surrounds my paintings, will inspire YOU to create living spaces that are wonderfully warm and reminiscent of a bygone era in New England. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your trip back in time...and experience the joy of historically-inspired decoration!
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The history of decorative arts in America includes a colorful chapter when itinerant muralists roamed the back roads of New England, painting their colorful folk art on the walls in homes, inns, and taverns along the way. American folk artist, Rufus Porter, was one of these muralists. Porter painted scenic landscape murals in Massachusetts between the years 1822 and 1845. With his art, he touched the lives of rural New Englanders in a truly special way! He covered their walls with peaceful and serene folk art landscapes and colorful vistas of rural life that spoke to patriotism, pride in America, and the bounty of this young and plentiful country. The lives of rural New Englanders were forever enhanced by Porter’s scenic landscape murals, and the dark interiors and plain plastered walls of their homes were made bright with the hope and promise of spring.
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The research and study of early American paint-decorated walls has been a joy of mine for over 20 years. My travels have taken me all over New England…from the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, to the rocky coast of Maine, from the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, to the Green Mountains of Vermont…in search of the walls that the itinerant artisans so skillfully stenciled and painted during Federal period America. The walls I have studied include those painted by some of America’s finest 19th century folk artists like Moses Eaton, Jr., Rufus Porter, and Jonathan D. Poor. A few years ago, the challenge to learn how to paint in the tradition of Rufus Porter called to me. I started studying Rufus Porter’s methodologies and ‘formulas” for painting scenic landscape murals. I fell in love with Porter’s paint-decorated walls of old for their quaint simplicity, their wonderful color, and the spirit of New England heritage and tradition that surrounds them. And the rest is, “history”! I started painting in the tradition of Rufus Porter, incorporating his principles into my art. To me…each painting is a tribute to the talent, creativity, and Yankee ingenuity of Porter, as well as a tribute to life in the small villages and coastal towns of 19th century New England.