This is the first in a new series for the blog, where we will be celebrating our favorite artists in the area. We are blessed to have a wealth of great painters, photographers, and sculptors in our region and we are lucky to represent many of them at Silverwood. Our first featured artist is Esmond Lyons. Probably best known for his stunning mural landscapes and trompe l’oeil finishes, this mostly self-taught painter is always looking for new challenges and often explores nudes and abstract subjects.
He’s one of the most interesting people I’ve met and always intrigues me with his profound insight and unique outlook on the world and the human species. Esmond is a man who has led many lives- every time I talk with him I discover another one of his “past lives”, whether it’s another place he’s lived or another career he has pursued. In his own words, he said, “[I] have thousands of years of ideas and will need many incarnations to accomplish them”. He’s been painting now for over 20 years now and seems to have found his true calling as a painter. And luckily for us, he lives and works close by, in Glens Falls, so keep your eyes peeled for his unique work around the area!
Esmond bought and restored an old church in the heart of Glens Falls, where he now lives and keeps his studio. This beautiful mural dominates the incredible main room of the old church. The room’s massive stained glass windows provide excellent light for the studio.
Esmond’s style and technique often invokes that of the 18th and 19th century’s itinerate painters. Here you can see that he doesn’t just do the Adirondacks, but is a very skilled and versatile artist.
One of his trompe l’oeil murals.
Esmond in action at the Glens Falls High School.
Esmond also paints furniture- this was included (and sold) during our Adirondack show at Silverwood last year. Esmond generously gave me the beautiful painting of Lake George after he finished painting our dining room. It has the most amazing craqeuleur treatment on its surface that Esmond did to invoke that one might find on an antique painting.
Esmond painted my dining room (as you’ll see below). My home’s previous owners had left us an old piano that we just found we didn’t have the room for, so I told Esmond he could have it if he hauled it away. He and a friend (seen here) took on restoring the poor, untuned thing.
And here she is after Esmond had his way with her… gorgeous.
Here is my dining room before…
And after… this was one of my renovation splurges, but it was SO worth it. It makes me smile every day.
Enjoying our first Thanksgiving in the room. It felt so cozy and festive.
Mom’s study at her former house on Lower Meadow in Greenfield (staged when it was a showcase house for John Witt). One of my favorites!