A Day at the Brandywine

A private tour at the Brandywine River Museum of Art 

I never met Andrew Wyeth. I wish I had. I’ve admired his work for 30 years and he has greatly influenced my life and paintings. Wyeth is quoted as saying "emotion is the bottom line of art” and it resonates with me. I want my work to imbue the sense of emotion that moves me and to evoke that response in viewers of my paintings, just like he did. 

Getting inspiration just by standing in Andrew Wyeth's studio

Getting inspiration just by standing in Andrew Wyeth's studio

So when I have an opportunity to visit one of the major museums housing a Wyeth collection, I don’t hesitate. But the journey this weekend was no ordinary trip. My son Jordan and I were invited to stay at the home of Jack and Barbara Cassidy, who live near the Brandywine River Museum of Art, and to tour the museum with Director Virginia Logan, their friend. Ginny is director of both the museum and the Brandywine Conservancy, a dedicated group who are determined to preserve the beauty of the surroundings that nurtured the Wyeth family for generations, and to offer it for an appreciative public to enjoy.

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Brian Andrew Drake