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September 25, 2022

Wildlife and landscapes

Wildlife artist Jay Perkins and Red Fox

Wildlife artist James “Jay” Perkins and landscape artist David Coffey are displaying a collection of oil and acrylic paintings in a new visual arts exhibit at The Center for Rural Development.

Jay Perkins
A native of McCreary County, Perkins started his art career at age 3, down on the floor of his grandparents’ home with a box of Crayola crayons. Through the years, he has accomplished many artistic endeavors. He has a great love for nature and all wildlife in the world. “When I paint wildlife, the whole world is my canvas. I strive for accuracy and details in each of my paintings.”

Perkins typically spends hours, and in some cases months, on a single oil painting perfecting every detail, down to the last leaf or grain of sand, and making sure his wildlife captured in his work is portrayed in its natural habitat. He makes his home in Wayne County.

Landscape artist David Coffey and Below the Mill

David Coffey
Coffey, who lives in the Frazer community of Wayne County, finds beauty in everything around him. He started painting a few years ago and discovered he had a talent for painting Kentucky landscapes.

He prefers to paint a piece of art in one setting, often drawing on his emotion at the time to influence his work. “I have always felt a painting is like a photograph, only done by hand. With either a paintbrush or camera lens, the artist is making the same feeble effort to capture God’s mastery that surrounds us.”

Stop by and view the exhibit
There is no charge to view the exhibit. The artwork will be on display through Nov. 1 and may be viewed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during extended evening and weekend hours when the facility is open for public events.

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