"Passing By" - Watercolor 14"x20"
I was recently informed that I won the Coastal Community Foundation Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist Award. I had applied for it through the urging of my brother-in-law, artist Colin Quashie. He thought my art would be a good fit for the intent of the award - to have art that reflects a unique aspect of Lowcountry culture. I applied for it last year and I was not selected, but I received a letter from the Foundation commending me on my application. They said I had been a very strong contender. This year, my Painting III instructor at the College of Charleston read the "Call for Artists" announcement in class, so I pulled out last year's application, tweaked it a little, and re-submitted. The Foundation director called me a couple of weeks ago to say I had won. Along with the wonderful honor, the prize purse is $5000. I have already received $3000 of it, and I will receive the balance when I complete the painting I proposed in the application. I have until September 15, so I'll be busy all summer on this and other "Uptown in Downtown Charleston" pieces. They will have a show of my work later in the year. So I've been walking around on "Cloud Nine" at the wonder and honor of it all.