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the original 1825 house. Today, the house, with spacious proportions, high ceilings and brick walls that were made onsite, sits on the National Historic Register. From a large room in the front of the house, Bass paints portraits of animals, especially of her 40-some beef cattle, led by bull Ferdinand, who live on the farm. The beef cattle “are all there to model and eat the grass, not be eaten,” Bass says and shares how all are chosen for their looks. Bass also paints the landscape around her, with the cows playing a more supporting role in these works, and experiments with more fantastic imagery. “Always” a painter, Bass was noted for her portraits in college, and then taught herself landscape painting when she moved to the area and fell in love with sustainable agriculture and farmland conservation. Over time, the cows in her landscapes became larger, until they became portraits that Bass sought to render in contemporary, rather than traditional, modes. “I want to show their personalities,” she says. Her passion for painting animals extends beyond the bovine. “I love pigs, sheep, chickens…I’d paint elephants if I had some

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Wine & Country Living Fall 2016  

Charlottesville Wine & Country Living Fall 2016

Wine & Country Living Fall 2016  

Charlottesville Wine & Country Living Fall 2016