Observe Larry at the Grinder’s Switch Winery, Stop #17, as he paints plein air Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
“I love to paint and I paint mostly outdoor scenes of what I enjoy. My leisure time is spent hiking, hunting, fishing, sailing, and biking. I save rainy days for painting in my studio.”
Born in rural western Kentucky, Larry’s love of the outdoors led to a career that included an advanced degree in biology, work in parks and wildlife, art publishing and management positions. He retired from Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest environmental organization dedicated to wetland conservation, and currently serves as volunteer state chairman for Tennessee.
He began to consider art seriously when he worked with noted wildlife painter Ralph McDonald while helping him develop a new art publishing business in the 1970s. He has been involved in both art publishing and sales throughout his career.
“I guess you could say I’ve looked over the shoulders of a lot of great artists I’ve known. I’ve also had some formal training. I like realism, not photographic, but more toward an impressionistic style, leaving a loose edge or the gesture of a shadow, inviting the viewer to make the final stroke.”