David Stickel | Orange County Artists Guild
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Photo-Realist Watercolors

Known for my representational paintings of reflections — especially of windows — I love how each tells its own story, inside, as well as outside the window.

My parents and teachers observed from a young age my natural ability to draw and paint and always encouraged me to work hard to cultivate this gift from God. I began by drawing portraits of family and movie stars because it seemed unique and special to capture someone's likeness on paper. Interestingly, some people have difficulty reconciling my 6'9'' size with the incredibly detailed realism of my paintings. In 1982 I graduated with an art degree from University of North Carolina at Asheville while attending on a basketball scholarship.

I hold signature member status in the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS) as well as the Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC). My works have been featured in numerous magazines (nationally & internationally), as well as the popular watercolor books: The Best of Watercolor and The Best of Watercolor Vol. 3, (Rockport Publishers). Also, North Light Books have published a number of my paintings in 11 of their popular watercolor ‘Splash’ books.

I draw inspiration for my compositions from my beloved North Carolina as well as two years in Africa, trips to China, Europe and throughout the U.S. (Colorado as well as the midwest) where I have lived or traveled. However, I agree with Andrew Wyeth, who once commented that there was enough subject matter in his own backyard to paint over several lifetimes.

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Growin' Oaks Studios
111 Morgan Oaks Drive
Chapel Hill
NC
27516
919-942-3900

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