Paula McHugh


Music as Muse


Paula McHugh

painter and musician, has created a series of oil, egg tempera, and watercolor paintings inspired by the titles of American fiddle tunes and folk songs. Traditional American music played on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, and dulcimer is a lively and informal music that is learned by ear and that has been passed down faithfully through the generations. It weaves together the musical legacy of America. Like the Regionalist Movement artists of the 1930s, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood, Paula McHugh conjures up iconic American images from the past using musical titles as her muse.

Boatin' Up Sandy - 24

Boatin' Up Sandy - 24" x 18" - Oil on Panel

Bound To Have a Little Fun - 12

Bound To Have a Little Fun - 12" x 16" - Oil on Linen Panel

Feed My Horse of Corn and Hay - 20

Feed My Horse of Corn and Hay - 20" x 16" Oil on Panel

The Butterfly - 16

The Butterfly - 16" x 12" - Oil on Panel

The Dancing Bears - 24

The Dancing Bears - 24" x 18" - Oil on Panel

Cowboy's Dream - 24

Cowboy's Dream - 24" x 18" - Oil on Panel

Chinquapin Hunting - 12

Chinquapin Hunting - 12" x 12" - Oil on Panel

I'll Fly Away - 14

I'll Fly Away - 14" x 18" - Oil on Linen Panel

Lighthouse Keeper's Waltz - 24

Lighthouse Keeper's Waltz - 24" x 18" - Oil on Linen Panel

Barefoot Boy - 12

Barefoot Boy - 12" x 12" - Oil on Panel

The Big Dipper - 18

The Big Dipper - 18" x 24" - Oil on Linen Panel