Recent paintings

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Painting In Paris

Hi, everyone. Chuck and I are here in Paris enjoying life and art and music. Today, I had a wonderful experience in the Luxemburg Gardens painting with Laurie Pessimer. She and her husband, Blair have an atelier close by on 14, Rue Servandani. I am learning some wonderful new things from them about pleine aire and also using acrylics for my work. I am traditionally an oil painter, but I think I have found a new vehicle as the color palette is simple and dries quickly which is a total advantage for traveling. The colors are Pthalo turquoise, dioxyzine purple, Lemon yellow (cadmium light), titanium white and primary magenta. The… …Continue Reading

Rosie is a 2012 Forest Landowner of the Year!

Rose Lane Leavell sits in the family room of her farmhouse in Bullard, Georgia, surrounded by pine. Much of the 2,500 acres she owns with her husband, rock keyboardist Chuck Leavell, is planted in pine. The house, built around 1870 and expanded several times, is built mostly of pine from their forest, right down to the floors, ceilings, walls, and even the kitchen counter tops.

It’s such as integrated tribute to Rose Lane’s roots in Georgia forestry, which date back to the 1700s, that it’s easy to miss her 2012 Forest Landowner of the Year Award, also made partially of pine, which blends into the room from its perch on the mantel.

“The landowner thing is in my DNA,” she says late one June afternoon as the sun begins to cast shadows through the trees of Charlane Plantation. “I don’t know it any other way. You’re born to manage this land. Land owning, hunting, horses, dogs, and especially trees are part of me. They make me who I am.”

Chuck Leavell has used his platform as one of the most accomplished keyboardists in rock music history, most notably for the Rolling Stones for the last three decades, to serve as a tireless advocate for environmental and conservation causes.

He’s perhaps the most visible advocate for the forest industry, though he’s quick to point out he’s not even the foremost tree expert in his immediate family.

“I’ve learned a lot over the last 30 years,” he says. “But Rose Lane has lived this her entire life. It’s in her blood.”

When Chuck Leavell is not on the road with The Stones, playing on tours and albums for a who’s who of other musical groups, or producing his own critically acclaimed work, he and his wife of 39 years run one of the most diverse tree farms in the industry.

Charlane Plantation (, which is a combination of the first half of Chuck’s given name and the second half of hers, hosts quail hunts, weddings, corporate outings, school groups, artists retreats, college student researchers, and the occasional group of international visitors the Leavells meet while on tour.

Visitors stay in the Bullard House, an 1835 farmhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in an adjacent lodge built on the site of an original barn. The buildings’ decor includes items from Chuck’s 40-year rock career and heirlooms from Rose Lane’s family.

Charlane includes a 10-acre pond with canoes and a dock, a one-mile nature trail (soon to be expanded to three…

Members of the Forest Landowners Association can read the rest of the article here.

Photos from New Harmonies Exhibit Grand Opening

Carol Harsh from the Smithsonian Institue, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, and Rose Lane at the Grand Opening The New Harmonies Exhibit in Calhoun, Georgia in April, 2012

Addressing the folks at The Harris Arts Center in Calhoun, Ga.

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