Billy Jacobs - Nana's Farmhouse
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Billy Jacobs


People with artistic flair, especially interior decorators and owners of gift and souvenir shops, are attuned to terms like primitive, rustic, and country. Some, however, use them interchangeably. Here’s how to determine one from the other:

Primitive means- being the first or earliest of its kind; crude, simple, or unrefined; and from an initial period of history. Primitive pieces are handmade, natural, and old. It can only qualify as primitive if it is- 1) old that can already be eligible as antique; 2) handmade by someone without knowledge in craftsmanship; 3) utilitarians like tools and implements as what primitive people created, and 4) bare and unpolished. Hence, what makes a piece of furnishing, furniture, or artwork primitive is its combination of age, lack of pretense, and practical purpose. Primitive is more a description of maturity and sense for which a thing is made rather than an intentional design or style.


Rustic means having characteristics of country people, made of commonly available materials in nature like tree roots or limbs, and has rough, irregular surfaces. A thing can be called rustic if it- 1) is made of natural materials that are reasonably raw or unrefined; 2) has a distressed or weathered finish; 3) has a natural color; and 4) has a casual, old-fashioned, and warm vibe. By definition, rustic need not be handmade or old though it could be both. A rustic piece of furniture might have been produced in a factory recently but designed to look old and crude. It is the critical difference between primitive and rustic. A primitive item is rustic, but a rustic thing is not necessarily primitive. Unlike primitive, rustic describes a style and encompasses natural, old-fashioned, well-loved, and well-worn appearance.


The country means rural, from a particular country or area, unfinished or unsophisticated. The country is a broad term that describes many styles like- French country, old American, lodge, cottage, coastal, and the like. All of these styles share common characteristics- 1) casual vibe; 2) emphasis on natural materials; 3) unfinished or weathered state; 4) natural colors; 5) cozy and warm. Country style can encompass primitive or rustic, but that is not always the case. Some country styles are far from primitive and certainly not rustic like most French country styles.


Billy Jacobs Rustic and Country Artwork  

Billy Jacobs considers himself a country-folk artist. He is a wood craftsman turned painter. His artworks depict old simple American country life that draws nostalgic comfort to viewers. He took inspiration from his grandmother’s country house. His uniquely rustic yet calming artworks have become prized possessions by art lovers spread around the world.

Billy Jacobs has designed and created thousands of woodcrafts and other artworks. From woodcraft, he shifted his focus into painting in early 1980. He continued to refine his painting style and turned from acrylics to watercolors in early 2000. His distinctly rustic and country designs made him one of the most sought after artists, and his artworks are priced very high in the art market nowadays. You could see his work in almost all product lines, from printed pictures and fabric to decors and gift items to furniture and furnishings. Authentic and original Billy Jacobs' artworks still in his possession are being showcased and priced for art lovers in his art gallery and gift shop in Navarre, Ohio.


Billy Jacobs grew up in rural Ohio, influenced by the rolling hills and numerous farms, barns and simple lifestyle. He grew up to do a hard day’s work in a factory before changing in 1980 to the career he is so well know for today in the arts and country gift industry. Navarre, Ohio, is the place he calls home and where his gallery calls home in the cozy village. His gallery recently moved from an 1840’s tavern, where Ulysses S. Grant and William McKinley spent time, to the old home of the town’s first Post Office. He converted it into his art gallery and opened it to the public in 2020 to view and sell.

With his gallery so close to his residence, Billy Jacobs spent most of his time there, where he welcomes friends, art enthusiasts and Billy Jacob’s fans from all over the world who travel purposely to Navarre to meet him personally.


Nana’s Farmhouse  

You need not go to Navarre, Ohio, to acquire Billy Jacobs's priced art pieces. Nana's Farmhouse can facilitate any of your Billy Jacobs art acquisition.

Like Billy Jacobs, who is fond of rustic and country, Nana’s Farmhouse is renowned for its interest and flair in anything primitive and vintage, antique and rustic, country and handmade, distinct and unique, and one-of-a-kind. It offers- a lot of hand-picked art pieces and gift items; fine pieces of furniture including early American style and handcrafted furnishings; a wide-line of comfortable beddings including country style; all sorts if lighting including candlelight items and accessories; creatively designed curtains and rugs; artistic decors including seasonal stuff and vintage Christmas merchandise like the Arnett’s Santa. And of course, Nana’s Farmhouse offers artworks of renowned painters and artists like Billy Jacobs.


Nana's Farmhouse aims to help create a comfortable, cozy, and welcoming home but awesomely beautiful. Whether your place is a high-end mansion, a neighborhood house, or a condominium unit, you can transform it into the look you prefer. Be it primitive and vintage, antique and rustic, country and handmade, distinct and unique, and one-of-a-kind using the fine pieces offered by Nana's Farmhouse. A visit to the shop will undoubtedly end-up to good buys and artistically satisfying shopping. You will find almost everything you need to create and complete the look you want to make in your home or workplace.


Like Billy Jacobs’ artworks that were inspired by his grandmother's early American house neatly laid in a country landscape, Nana's Farmhouse inspired by a century-old photo of Nana's husband's great-grandparent's 1907 farmhouse. 'Nana' refers to the shop’s owner, Cathy; how her grandchildren call her similar to 'nanny,' how her husband used to call his great grandmother. And like Billy Jacobs, Nana Farmhouse anchors its business from its love for anything artistic, primitive, rustic, or country.

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