Chad Cole is a contemporary painter who is inspired by his environment, the effects of time, and the themes of the Southern Gothic. Unique barns, overgrown farmhouses, abandoned textile mills, and rusty, roadside oddities are the subjects found on Chad’s canvases, and his choice of subject matter conveys his fascination with history and economic change in the southeastern United States. His paintings are visual elegies about vanishing rural America, and they explore the tensions and forces that occur within and between agrarian culture and the natural landscape.