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Gallery
Welcome to my art gallery. There is no admission fee. It is free! See what I saw. See what I see. The gallery presents a nostalgic glimpse of people and places in the Carolinas captured in watercolor over the past decades since 1972. Churches, fireworks stands, people, shrimp boats, docks, landscapes, country stores, grist mills, and all manner of subjects are covered. Each piece has a story to tell and explanation. As new works are added or as old works are retrieved from their current owners and photographed, the gallery will grow. Many of the places you see no longer exist. And if you are of age, you will be able to tell from your own recollections! This site opened in the Fall of 2009. In the future, I hope to use to website to provide links to other artist's sites in order to promote local and regional artists.
 
Visit an internet art gallery which features paintings of the two Carolinas which I began in the late 1960s. Initially I began using pen and ink during law school because there was not room for a studio in a dormitory. In 1972 I started painting in watercolor because the medium was quick to dry and fitted a busier lifestyle. Over the years I would take pictures of scenes which meant something to me…usually during the Summer. In the Winter when there was no yard work, I would pick out a few pictures to finish before Spring duties returned.
 
My subject matter consistently featured the changing face of the Carolinas. It is where I grew up, partied during college, held circuit court, vacationed, and raised a family. Over 40 years the Carolinas have changed beyond recognition. From a landscape punctuated by small and modestly larger towns, the Carolinas are now undergoing full urbanization with raging metropolitan regions and crowded vacation venues. Consequently, a lot of these paintings are of places which no longer exist. To everything there is a time…..
 
Each painting is colored using a brush about the size of the notorious No. 2 pencil of test fame! Each work can be classified as a realistic miniature in that attention to detail is of paramount importance. I explain my style as being from the "Calvin Coolidge" school. President Coolidge was called "Silent Cal" because he only said enough to answer the question. My paintings give a glimpse of what one sees and not a full "look"…a glance as opposed to a stare.
 
As you can imagine, detailed painting can take a long time. Some of these works took upwards of 300 hours. Accordingly, when I decide to paint a picture there must be a reason because the commitment will be significant. Each picture tells a story of a place and time.
 
The red hound dog wandered into my pictures at least 17 years ago. Dogs were just part of the scenes I observed. When I saw one, I knew a picture was waiting conception. And I preferred the dog to the "birds on wing" used to fill up empty space. A dog has more character. A dog is wedded to the ground and gets to know all of it by smell and by taste. I now put a red dog into any scene which captures my interest.

The medium of watercolor is time-honored. Before the days of cameras, water colors were used to record distant locations or serve as the pre-study, rough of a final painting which would be rendered in oils. Learning how to sketch and watercolor was a part of the classical education much as the use of digital camera and the website it today! Watercolor papers are acid free and if properly mounted and kept out of direct sunlight can last for hundreds of years. The next time you go to a major city, visit its art museum and look for the watercolors. They are truly remarkable works for they capture light and air like no other medium!

I created this website when it dawned on me that I had turned 60 and that I could share my journey in art using all of the neat, state-of-technology digital tools to build a gallery without sticks or bricks! In addition, I wanted to create a museum of local art and let people buy prints of something other than gentlemen on horses chasing foxes. For this land was not settled by fancy folk. It was settled by an industrious and pragmatic people fleeing domination by that sort!
 
If you have an interest in any of the pictures, please email your comments. I wish to give visitors the opportunity to sign a "print subscription list" which would permit me to run limited print editions of those works for which there was enough interest.
 
Please Note: Whereas these original paintings are subject to reproduction based upon interest, the originals are not for sale.
 
Begin your tour of this work in progress and thank you for your visit!!
 
Current Print: 
Lunchtime at Price's Chicken Coop

from the UPTOWN FROM series
    
Excerpt from the Current Offer page:
The culinary anchor of Southend, Price's Chicken Coop has been serving southern fried chicken, biscuits, fries, and slaw since 1962...
 
This watercolor painting was composed from a collection of photos taken by the artist over a period of several years...  It has at least 300 hours of brush time with a point the size of a sharp No. 2 pencil.
 
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GALLERY:

The thumbnails below are clickable for easy viewing.  Each one contains comments from the artist as well as the ability to view the next or previous work in the series.  This can be done by hovering on the left (previous) or right (next) side of the painting until the buttons display.
 
Please Note: Whereas these original paintings are subject to reproduction based upon interest, the originals are not for sale.
 
North Carolina Gallery

Institute of Government

Wilkinson Blvd Dairy Queen

Newell Post Office

Spoons

Laura Rozelle's House

William T. Alexander

Flea Market Man

Distant Relatives in the Snow

Laura Rozelle's House

Rosedale

County Market Ladies

Thompson Orphanage Chapel

Terrell Country Store

Picking a Fighting Cock

The Appleman Has Gone

Beaufort Docks

Cabin in a Cove

Carteret Seafood

Cold Day at the Seaboard Station

Cornucopia

Fishermen's Graveyard

Harkers Island Boat Builder

Harkers Island Work Boat

Hezekiah Alexander House

Huntersville Station

I.G. Wallace's Store

Linney's Mill

Madison County Courthouse

Madison County Jury Pool

Mast Store

Facing Jerusalem

Facing Judgment

Phillips Seafood

Fishing on Taylors Creek

Terrell Bait Shop

Shuffletown

SouthPort Lightship

Still Life No. 1

Sounder Man

Swannsboro

Swannsboro Post Office

Apple Stand at Grandfather

There Was a Crooked House

Waiting for a Ride

Willie Simpson's Pumpkin Patch

Willie Simpson's Pumpkin Patch

Wilkes County Mill

St Mary's Chapel

Red Leading the Workboat

Latta House

Jesse Campbell's Nursery

Beaufort Docks

Colony Road Creek

McCranie Country BBQ  
   
     
South Carolina Gallery

Colonel Franks

Watermelon Stand

Georgetown Salt

Grits Grinder

Mucked Up

Murrells Inlet Creek

Prodigal Son

Waccawatchee Marina in Winter

Waccawatchee Marina in Summer

Waccamaw Red Neck

Wentworth Market

Up A River

Georgetown Docks
     
    
Old Pen & Inks
These works were inked in the late 1960s and early 1970s...before I discovered watercolor. I consider them primitives. They do reflect the subject matter and feel of the people and places of the Carolinas.

Apple Men

Clinchfield Special

Colonial Inn

Fiddler's Grove

Industrial South

Kirby Allen

Little River

Ocracoke Gulls

The Pug Mill

Swannsboro Docks

Antiques