Lasting Legacies

American Art Collector|May 2020

Lasting Legacies
The love Matthew Sievers has for old barns and trees is in his blood.

His grandfather grew barley and his father had sheep and some cows as well as several acres of pine trees used for landscaping. Sievers helped his grandfather with irrigation and hauling grain from the silo and helped his father by digging out trees with a shovel when one of them sold.

Family Pride is a classic red barn standing proud in a field despite its being a little the worse for wear. “I love bringing emotions and memories into my paintings,” he says. “I wanted this piece to show the feelings of pride in hard work and the connection I feel to these old reminders of our past. There are lots of barns around here, some of them kind of falling apart. The cool thing about barns is that they’re a testament to hard work. They’re grandpa’s legacy and no one wants to tear them down. Everyone knows whose barn it is and the guy who worked it. They’re little monuments. I love painting them because I get a sense of that.


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May 2020