Tom Whitaker – “Appalachian Gothic” Print — 2694-11

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4.5″ x 6″ print entitled “Appalachian Gothic”.┬áPrint comes with matte. Overall size 8″ x 10″.

Artwork by celebrated folk artist Tom J. Whitaker.

Headshot-whitaker“Being a native of the head of the holler in Magoffin County Kentucky was an asset for me.” Tom grew up among the sights and sounds of rural Appalachia and feels that he has been greatly influenced by these childhood experiences.

“When I was a child, every member of the family had chores. Get in the kindlin’ and coal, milk the cow, slop the hogs, build a fire, or draw water were just a few of the tasks we seven children had to do. I hated babysitting and cleaning out the barn worst of all.”

Whitaker’s work has been exhibited in numerous shows and galleries. People from all walks of life and from all around the world collect his paintings. They appreciate the work not only because it is pretty but also because it has a sensitivity and realness. Whitaker has been a major influence on Eastern Kentucky’s perception of art. In his classes at the college and in the workshops that he presents around the state, Tom stresses the importance of being one’s self, rather than relying on public opinion. “Listen to the inner self,” proclaims Whitaker, and he follows his advice by producing highly individual art works.


Tom Whitaker