Opening Reception for “Reflections on Water” by Nancy Richards West

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For Chincoteague artist, Nancy Richards West, reflections on water are part of everyday life. Come visit with her and see how she finds many ways to paint reflections. She is also showing her amazing Sumi-e paintings. Also with us will be mystery writer, Vicki Trader.

New Work by Fred Sprock Featured in September

Oil painting of George ISland oyster shack by Fred Sprock     Oil painting of Snowfield by Fred SprockOil painting of boat on bay by Fred Sprock

 

 

 

 

         New Work by Fred Sprock

Fred Sprock moved to Snow Hill a year ago after spending most of his life in his native Charlotte NC. He began painting, taking oil lessons from Andy Braitman at Braitman Studio in Charlotte. His work has evolved from tight representational to a looser, more painterly style. He attributes this to increasing his use of painting knives which often results in less control, leaving it to the viewer to decide “Is that a house, a church, or maybe a shed in the distance? Before moving to Snow Hill, while teaching classes at Braitman Studio, Fred would say, “If you do this, this will happen.” He realized, for him, this bridged the difference between a painter and an artist. Over time, the painter acquires a set of technical skills that enables one to render a strong likeness of the subject matter. The artist abandons that knowledge base and asks, “If I do this, what will happen?” Now that he is finding inspiration on the Eastern Shore, Fred is trying to become an artist – not just a painter. His work is included in the Duke Energy; Womble Carlyle; and Stiles,Byrum and Horne, LLP corporate collections. This is his first featured show at Bishop’s Stock.