Parker County Today April 2017 - Page 36

Aubrey Caylor Herschel Davis sculpted in bronze; had his own foundry. In this case, it seems sure art is a family affair. (Though Aubrey says her grown children definitely did not get the gene … not yet, anyway.) “And the only thing they like of mine is my western-themed paintings.” Turning her thoughts back to the early 1970s and girl- hood, she said, “We actually started out with a box of Crayolas, the old kind with the sharpener built into the box. I had the regular box with several colors, but my grandmother had the full 64-color box. More colors! It was fascinating to me.” One of her duties was to change the water when repeated dipping of her grandmother’s brush rendered it opaque. Her maternal grandparents continue to inspire her as many of their works adorn her home. Though her Mamaw created very fine art using the tricky medium of watercolors, Aubrey, who has been painting the last 20 years, chose acrylics. And for subjects she chooses farm animals, you know, the usual suspects: cows, horses and donkeys, goats and roosters. “I paint a lot of cows,” she said. “I love cows.” And many of her clients do as well. “And since I mainly do commission work, what people want is what I paint. I stay pretty busy with commissions.” Her marketing consists of Facebook and Instagram presences at @jacstoneco and physical displays of her art around the area. Locations include The Mercantile on Camp Bowie in Fort Worth, Just Peachy in Weatherford, Rubbish Revival in Granbury and Texas Hill Country Furniture and 34 Mercantile on Highway 281, seven miles south of Interstate 20 in the Lipan/Natty Flatts area. Don’t worry about missing this last place — you can’t miss the nearly 26-foot-tall Star of Texas Rocker out front. It’s billed as the world’s largest, and it is a big ‘un. Working with a larger brush than typical, Aubrey’s work has a broad-stroked boldness about it that doesn’t forfeit detail. The eyes of a long-legged paint colt are fluid and sky blue. A curious Holstein’s eye “takes you in” as you admire her splotched appear- ance and the accessory-like pink at her ears and flanks. The artist describes her style as a mixture of impressionism and realism. “The things I do for clients are a mix but generally more realistic than what I paint for myself,” she said. “My personal work is more impressionistic.” Does the barnyard Renoir do people? “Oh, no!” she was quick to say. “I get along with animals a whole lot better when it comes to the paintbrush. I mean, I will if I have to. But painting a man on top of a cutter or roping is about it.” Aubrey mainly works with 36x36-inch canvasses made for her by her husband, Justin. This accommo- dates her use of a larger brush. She said she generally works from photographs she takes or ones supplied by clients. Like most artists, Aubrey says making art is all-engross- ing and pretty good therapy. “[The thing I experience] with my art is it’s like there is no time passing when I’m painting,” she explained. “I can start working on a paint- ing at 9 o’clock in the morning and still be painting on it at like 11:30 at night, and [then] realize that I may have Continued on page 62