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Wes has been drawing and painting throughout his life and has focused on watercolor as a medium since the early eighties. Though he considers himself a landscape painter, Wes is often willing to tackle a number of diverse and challenging subjects based on his most recent travels and experiences. Experiments with human and architectural forms, and new painting tools and mediums often tend to find a way into his work. Being a lifelong outdoor enthusiast has greatly contributed to the direction of his art as images collected over years of backpacking, canoeing and fishing excursions often form the base from which new paintings evolve. “I find comfort in knowing that remote wilderness areas still exist, and often try and draw from my personal experience in visiting these areas as a new painting forms.”
Wes has studied with and cites inspiration from fellow artists Joe Miller, William B. Lawrence and Noyes Long. He holds a B. S. Degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University and an M. A. in Counseling from Appalachian State University. He has also served as a juror and guest lecturer for several North Carolina Watermedia Societies and Artist’s Guilds. Wes is a regular workshop instructor for Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies in Boone.