I am currently the director/artist in residence of Heritage Hall Museum in Talladega, Alabama. In this capacity, I coordinate all the museum's educational programming. I am also in charge of the yearly calendar of rotating exhibits in the main galleries of Heritage Hall. One of the most successful programs the museum offers is "Arts Camp for Kids", now in its eighteenth year. I have been affiliated with the Alabama State Arts Council for over 25 years as an artist in education and have taught all over the state in long and short term residencies. I also serve on the Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony Board, and am a member of The Watercolor Society of Alabama.
While at Ringling School of Art at Sarasota, Florida, I became fascinated with the techniques of transparent watercolor painting and for years after school worked exclusively in this medium. The freedom and looseness of my drawing style transferred over into my painting. In the early years my major inspirations as far as style is concerned was Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sergeant and Winslow Homer. After returning to Alabama, and studying the art of my own state, I became captivated with the work of regionalist, Kelly Fitszpatrick and the photographers who came South during the Depression to document the plight of the working man. For thirty years the majority of my paintings possessed a subtle hint of social realism reflecting the work of my heroes such as Walker Evans. The romanticism, idealism and opinions have waned somewhat and today I work mostly in oil, painting whatever strikes my fancy.
The paintings I have produced in the last couple of years are kind of a cross between Kelly Fitszpatrick and Van Gogh, but I still have both my ears, although jumpstarting the old Dixie Art Colony might be a great idea. While we're at it, we could rekindle the old New South School of Art. Oh wait, maybe that's been done in every southern state at sometime or the other in the last fifty years. Build a public monument to Bill Traylor, Charles Shannon and possibly Jerry Siegel. Maybe we should praise famous men.
And so it goes,
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