An Indiana artist is bringing a unique look to Hoosier agriculture. Roy Boswell, who grew up on a southern Indiana family farm, began painting while studying landscape architecture at Purdue University. Bowell’s impressionist-style art typically features farm equipment and aims to showcase the Midwest farm through the eyes of one of its sons.
Around INdiana Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman spotlighted Boswell and his art on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
“I started drawing the tractors, and as time went by, they kind of became stand-ins for my dad and brother because I didn’t know how to draw people at the time,” he said. “I’ve learned since.”
Teachers and mentors alike told Roy painting farm equipment probably wasn’t a good idea given who typically purchases the art hung in most households.
“Women move the market, and I’m one of the few artists, I think, that paints something that is pretty masculine and driven in that direction,” said Boswell. “Most of my clients are men. Women will buy it, and it’s typically because their dad or their grandfather or somebody they love is a farmer or had farmed or grew up on a farm. So, they kind of want to memorialize that.”
Boswell says he has heard from clients that his art brings back memories for them and their families.
“It’s nice that it kind of brings back this thing to them, a time that is no longer there because it’s something I think people are always [trying] to get a hold of. And occasionally, you get it, and when you get it, it’s a nice thing to hold onto for a little bit.”
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