Charlene George“The old-world charm of Franklin County with its rural farms, river scenes and rich history inspires me the same way it did the Hoosier Group painters.” Charlene George was not only influenced by the Indiana artists of the late 1890s known as the Hoosier Group, she was inspired first hand by their Hermitage in Franklin County. “Before T.C. Steele moved to the Nashville area, he and J. Ottis Adams brought a lot of painters to study the beautiful landscapes of Franklin County,” Charlene says. “My uncle posed for Adams as a young child and later bought the house that Adams and Steele owned. There is a lot of history.” Charlene started her painting career more than 30 years ago, studying at Ball State and later pursing a MA with a focus on the old Renaissance masters. She incorporates Renaissance techniques into her art to create depth, detail and luminosity in her oil and pastel paintings. Her subject matter consists mainly of organic still life, gardens, farm animals, people, landscapes from rural Indiana and biblical scenes. In the last five years, Charlene has done more pastel work because she finds it lends itself to outdoor studies. She also enjoys plein air painting in the fall.