The Retiree

My mom retired in 2015 after teaching since the late 1970s. She taught speech and language pathology and K-12 music, both instrumental and choral. I know she really loved her job, her students, and her art, but this painting captures the love she has for the free time she’s earned. Glad to see that smile!

An Acrylic Painting by Brent McCoy
Acrylic on Canvas, 36″x18″

The Woodworker

Maya McCoy is a talented and patient wood worker. She creates furniture, jewelry, cabinetry in her basement. Her work is simple, functional, robust, and thoroughly well planned. She’s pictured here in the safety gear normal for the woodshop.

An Acrylic Painting by Brent McCoy
36″x18″ Acrylic on Canvas

Bethlehem Steel #1

The first time I traveled to the Bethlehem Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA, I was overwhelmed by the enormity and complexity of the buildings there.  Now a tourist destination and concert venue, the area has a remarkably clean feeling that contrasts with its grungy industrial-era past.

An Acrylic Painting by Brent McCoy
40″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

Q Train Bridge

Riding the Subway system of New York City, I always look around and see beauty in function.  At the same time, one gets a profound sense of the age and fragility of the well-used infrastructure there. The rusted rails of this Q-train overpass, the blue-shadowed snow, and the maze of trestles all make my eyes happy.

An Acrylic Painting by Brent McCoy
36″x24″ Acrylic on Canvas

Highland Cattle #1 & #2 (Diptych)

Having grown up on a small Northeastern Vermont dairy farm, I love the way cattle will investigate you if you’re still and patient. These two were the most curious of the herd and seemed genuinely fascinated by some friendly human company.

An Acrylic Painting by Brent McCoy
24″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas
An Acrylic Painting by Brent McCoy
24″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

Woodpile #4

I love the feeling of warmth and security that emanates from a well-stacked woodpile. The colors, textures, and volume change throughout the year as the wood drys and eventually disappears into the furnace. I wanted to capture that “Vermont” flavor of having wood in your basement or on the lawn.

An Acrylic Painting by Brent McCoy
29″x52″ Acrylic on Canvas

Woodpile #1

I love the feeling of warmth and security that emanates from a well-stacked woodpile. The colors, textures, and volume change throughout the year as the wood drys and eventually disappears into the furnace. I wanted to capture that “Vermont” flavor of having wood in your basement or on the lawn.

An Acrylic Painting by Brent McCoy
28″x24″ Acrylic on Canvas