While staying at a bed and breakfast in Licking County in the early 2000s, a deteriorating barn captivated the eye of Cincinnati artist and retired dentist, Robert Kroeger. This first barn would ignite Kroeger’s “Ohio Barn Project,” which has taken the artist to more than half of Ohio’s 88 counties to paint, research, and write about historic barns. In nearly every county, Kroeger has donated the proceeds from the sale of his paintings to a local historical organization.
In 2018, Robert Kroeger approached the Hancock Historical Museum in Findlay about painting Hancock County barns. The museum provided historical information for dozens of barns that have appeared on the museum’s Historic Barn Tour since its inception in 2013. Kroeger reviewed the information and chose several barns to visit, in person, on a day-trip to the area. Ultimately, he painted 13 Hancock County barns in 2018 using the impasto oil technique. He applies the paint quickly and in very thick layers with a palette knife, creating texture and dimension.… Continue readingRead More »