“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I have quite an eye for finding that beauty in some bizarre places,” says watercolor painter Sharyn Fogel.
She goes on to say,
“I was born in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Eventually I will die here (not anytime soon, I hope.)
In the meantime I intend to paint everything about this area that I love.
That includes mountains, trees, old chairs, white squirrels, barns, houses and anything else that catches my eye.
WNC is my home.
I have no plans to leave…but I do plan to paint anything that’s not moving.”
Sharyn Fogel is an award-winning artist who creates watercolor landscapes that vividly capture the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding Western North Carolina (WNC) countryside.
She has been painting professionally since 1977. Her watercolors will draw you into a wonderful world full of vibrant colors and soothing scenic vistas.
Her artwork is so engaging that some have said that her paintings are like having a “colorful window into the outdoors”.
We invite you to come by the Mountain Made gallery, in downtown Asheville, this Saturday afternoon from 12 to 3, and watch her live art demo.
Watercolor painting is an extremely old art form
Watercolor drawings have been found in caves and other stone shelters as far back as the paleolithic age (about 2.4 million years ago).
Watercolors have been used for manuscript illustration in all types of cultures from ancient Egypt and China to the Middle Ages in Europe.
But watercolors became very popular in Europe, especially in Great Britain, during the early eighteenth century.
It was from these roots that most modern American watercolorists have developed their techniques and styles.
According to some experts, America’s contribution to the international watercolor tradition is considered second to none.
An unpredictable medium at best, watercolor painting is very challenging.
However in the hands of an accomplished artist like Sharyn, watercolors are always unique because spontaneity is everything.
Sharyn’s landscape watercolors are bright, and charming, done in playful strokes of pale sky blues, and sparkling amethysts, set on backgrounds of brown oaks, green pines and the rich earth tones native to our Western North Carolina mountains.
Sharyn Fogel Original Watercolor Paintings