Artist Exhibits Watercolor Show of Animals
Greer artist Patrick DeCrane’s exhibit “All Things Great and Small” will be at West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg May 17-June 16, giving the public the opportunity to see his watercolor renditions of God’s creatures, animals of all shapes, sizes, and attractions. The work is both calming and intense through the use of subject matter and saturated color.
His free and public reception will be Thursday, May 17, 5-8:30 p.m. during Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk. The exhibit of 12-14 paintings can be viewed at no cost Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Cooperative, 578 West Main Street Spartanburg, SC.
“This is a collection of animals that are warm and inviting. Some appear serious, some some busy, some relaxed and some smiling,” DeCrane said. “I painted a picture of a unicorn and a pet dog as Christmas gifts for my grand daughters last year. That inspired me to want to see what other animals I could do. In seeing this exhibit, I want people to take time to appreciate the creatures God has created.”
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, DeCrane began his formal art education in high school. During his military career he was afforded the opportunity to travel and study art at numerous colleges, achieving an Associate of Science degree with Park College. After retiring from the U.S. Army, he worked for the Military Officers Association for 11 years. Prepared for a new adventure, he then opened, owned, and operated a bed and breakfast for 10 years with his life partner, Michael Thomas. Ready to retire after three careers, DeCrane continued to expand his art skill by taking classes in pastels and most recently watercolors. After retirement he was Chairperson of the Bowling Green Arts Commission in Bowling Green, VA. During this same period he set up and managed The Sidney King Art Center, and coordinated three art events a year.
“I have been painting and drawing most of my adult life,” DeCrane said. “While I enjoy painting with acrylics and pastels, I find watercolors the most enjoyable. I also find great satisfaction in drawing with pencil and charcoal. My subject matter generally include flowers, trees and still life. However, for this show ‘All Things Great and Small,’ I have chosen animals simply for the challenge for something new. While not necessarily following their style, I find Wolf Kahn, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe Inspiring.”
DeCrane, 68, has been a member of West Main Artists Co-op since 2016. “I enjoy exhibiting at WMAC because it gives me an opportunity to interact with other artists,” he said. “We have dedicated artists at WMAC. More importantly we have a dedicated and focused Management Board who volunteer many hours. I am grateful to them.”
All of his works will be for sale and will range in price from $50 to $350. “I want people to have an appreciation for watercolor art and creatures that they may be too busy to notice,” he said and added: “I want my work to motivate the viewer to smile.”
DeCrane is the parent of a son, Dan, and a daughter, Shelley. Dan and his wife Janelle, live in St. Louis, MO with their children, Gabby, Cady, and Kelton. Shelley lives in Virginia and works for the federal government in Washington, D.C. He and his life partner, Michael, of more than 27 years reside in Greer with their West Highland Terrier, Mysie.
West Main Artists Co-op is a nonprofit and all-volunteer arts agency on Main Street Spartanburg. It is housed in the old West Main Baptist Church and is continuously renovated by its members who are 50-plus strong. It provides affordable work spaces for more than 30 artists in the 20,000-square-foot building. In addition, the Co-op has the largest collection of locally made art for sale with extremely diverse buying options, including pottery, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, quilts. Each month, the Co-op hosts three new exhibits by its members and nonmembers, some of whom enjoy regional and even national recognition.
For more information about DeCrane’s exhibit, “All Things Great and Small,” please visit online WestMainArtists.org.
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