Monday, February 27, 2012

North Ridge Country Club 2012 Art Gala

Wow what a night! A second place award for my Crabtree Falls painting, several sales and now a solo show at the club through the end of March.

I had two paintings selected for the juried competition: Crabtree Falls and Merchants Millpond State Park #1. Roger Manley - Director of the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NC State University selected these paintings and subsequently chose one for an award. I am humbled and thrilled - the selection of works was amazing. The North Ridge Country Club also purchased this piece along with the first and third place winners for their permanent collection! Wow!

This is the second year I have done this show and both times it is top notch. My friends Pat and George do an amazing job coordinating the show and making it real easy for the artists.

To top it off: along with the award - North Ridge CC is showing sixteen of my paintings throughout March. It is beautiful clubhouse and the display looks great.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Confederate Cemetery at Oakwood

Oakwood cemetery is located in downtown Raleigh, NC. The cemetery is hundreds of years old with a portion of it devoted to the Confederate Soldiers who served in the American Civil War. Like many military cemeteries the markers are all consistent in size and shape and geometrically uniform in how they are positioned on the ground. This aspect of the composition immediately attracted me. I have visited this cemetery several times, but this is the first I visited the area during the winter months. The lack of leaves on many of the towering trees created a beautiful background to an already interesting composition. This probably prompted me to to paint this challenging work. 

Confederate Cemetery at Oakwood - 48x36 Acrylic on Panel