I was born into the family of Hubert and Mabel Campbell on July 20, 1947, in an old two-story house in the middle of a tobacco field located in Cullen, Virginia. I wasn’t privileged enough to have been born in a hospital but I was privileged to be born into a large family consisting of my parents and three older sisters. Later, I would be blessed with having two additional brothers and finally, another sister. There were seven brothers and sisters in all. All were different, all unique, and all willing to meet life head on.
As a child, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to grow up in the country. I have many memories of playing in old barns and visiting my grandfather’s dairy farm near Farmville, Virginia. There were many rainy days where my siblings and I found that an old barn was a great place to stay dry, and climb and play in the higher elevations of the loft where nesting pigeons shared their space with us for a few hours. These memories inspired me to preserve some of this country life with pen and paper.
Somehow in this journey through time, events have landed me right in the middle of the scenes I love to draw and paint. There are scenes worthy of canvas at every turn in the road in this area of Southwest Virginia and I am doing my best to capture all of them with Pen and Ink, water color, oils, stained glass, and wood. The long shadows of the morning and evening here, create what I believe is a unique glow to the rolling hills of Floyd County. These are the scenes that I want reflected in my art as I live and work in Floyd. It is my hope that through this art, I might trigger a memory of the viewers’ past or a vision of what might be in their future.
"Tree of Heart"