Artist Jarrod Wilson

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I have always been drawn to Art (no pun intended). From childhood on, I can always remember desiring to create an image that appeared real, as it was seen. I still feel that way. Realism isn't a nuisance to me, but rather a way in which to showcase the beauty of God's creation and the work of the hands of the created. I grew up in southwestern Virginia, just minutes away from the North Carolina/Virginia line. I was born in Surry County, North Carolina, in Andy Griffith's Mount Airy. I have always lived in a small place called Galax, a city that straddles the Twin Counties of Carroll and Grayson. Galax, pronounced gay-lax, gets its name from an indigenous leaf with a milky white bloom, the Galax leaf, which is said to only grow in southwestern Virginia and western North Carolina. Galax is the "World's Capitol of Old Time Mountain Music". Much of my work is influenced by not only growing up here, but moreover the culture that yet exists in southwestern Virginia.I studied Art at Radford University, located in the heart of Virginia's New River Valley, under such luminaries as Z.L. Feng, and Pamela Lawson. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1999. My work of late has focused primarily on Biblically themed images, either expressed or implied. I am a Christian and I believe that Art is a viable medium for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Being a Christian doesn't pervade every image though. I am quickly amassing a large catalog of images of classic American automobiles from which many new paintings will come. I have longed to paint another car since I finished "1959 Squarebird" in 1998. I am presently doing just that as I work on my Master of Fine Arts degree in Watercolor. My entire body of work for this terminal degree will [...]

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