City Boy, Country Girl

Debra Keirce


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City Boy, Country Girl is an original oil painting by  Debra Keirce.  The art measures 6 1/2″ x 4" x 2 1/4″ the  frame (book) measuring  7" x 6" when the book is closed.


Anytime a city boy is about to meet a country girl, you know there are going to be great stories written. The Carolina shores during colonial times were ripe for such encounters. We often imagine the stories of adults. But picture if you will, what it was like for the children. They had fortitude!

 There were new diseases, wild animals, many dangerous situations in daily farm life. Around one half of children died before the age of ten. Over half of children lost at least one parent before they reached adulthood. There were only a few occupations available for the young boys. They could be farmers, indentured servants, slaves, unskilled laborers, artisans or merchants. Most girls worked in domestic service, child care, or gardening.

 And what about that wedding day little girls dreamed of? For many colonists, the cost of 50 British pounds for a legal marriage was too costly. For a minister, this was six month's wages. So most couples posted "banns" to formalize their marriage. These were announcements read to the community for several weeks.  

 I like to frame my art in unique ways, and this piece is literally inside a book. It sits on a table, shelf or mantle, waiting for you to come along and read it. I hope this painting inspires stories of young people for many generations to come!

Category: People, Realism

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