Harry "Bub" Branton
Bub is a farmer, musician, and artist. He began painting watercolors as a child at the encouragement of his mother who got him lessons while still in grade school with the high school art teacher. His interest in art led to his enrollment in the School of Environmental Design at LSU in Baton Rouge. After a few years as first a Landscape architecture and then a fine art student, he dropped out to work as a draftsman in Florida. A tour of Europe followed with stops to view the Dutch Masters, French Impressionists, and Greek classics museums.
In the 70’s, he took a series of lessons with Art teacher Bobby Tompkins along with his father, who was then learning to paint. He won “Best of Show about that time at the Deer Creek Arts Festival, and sold several paintings during that period. A friendship with painter/musician Duff Durrough led to a fresh approach to oil painting.
Bub has won awards at every DAA show for the past 6 years, and captured both Best in Show and the Peer Award at the 2014 exhibit for his painting “Dunleith”. He paints in both acrylics and oils, sometimes using a palette knife. His favorite themes are usually landscapes around the farm with an occasional still life. He views his art as a service to the community, promoting the interest and beauty of the area where he has lived his entire life.