In celebration of Bob Timberlake's eightieth birthday and his five decades as one of the foremost realist painters in the United States, Bob Timberlake's Letter to Home is a sweeping conversation about one of the South's most distinguished artistic careers and a personal, intimate revelation of hope and dreams.
Co-written with noted natural history, sporting heritage, and Southern culture author T. Edward Nickens, Bob Timberlake's Letter to Home features more than fifty never-published works of art with dozens of pencil and watercolor studies that illustrate Timberlake's process. Essays and art recall the landscapes and people that have most inspired him, many in his native North Carolina, from Grandfather Mountain to Bald Head Island to the small, Davidson County farms in the Piedmont surrounding his hometown, Lexington, where his family has lived for generations.
Photographs and artifacts from his earliest days — boyhood sketches and paintings, collections of sporting art and memorabilia, including historical decoys and firearms — accompany Timberlake's stories, in his own words, of his decision to become an artist, of hunting and fishing and the love of the outdoors, of those who helped and encouraged him, and of an extended family of friends and loved ones who "brought him up" to realize early on "that it takes only three things," he writes, "to be truly happy: something to look forward to, something worthwhile to work hard towards, and someone to love."
Now in his eightieth year, Timberlake is "painting more than ever and with a love and a fervor that's never been so strong." What shines through clearly in Bob Timberlake's Letter to Home is that this love forms a clear vision and celebration of life as a fleeting gift, of family and friends, the land and wildlife, all to be cherished.
Published and designed by Nathan Moehlmann, of Goosepen Studio & Press, in Conover, North Carolina, and handsomely printed and bound in Florence, Italy, in a limited edition of 3,000, Bob Timberlake's Letter to Home is a large, full-color art book, nine inches wide by twelve inches tall with 192 pages. All copies are quarterbound with a spine of Halflinnen, a fine book cloth, and panels of Tintoretto, an uncoated Italian book paper resembling cold pressed watercolor paper.
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