Art show to feature local resident

Below is an article written about my art, the piece now on display at the Governor’s office and the upcoming show on August 7th.

Published: Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Art show to feature local resident

By Johnny Jackson

Locust Grove resident, Denis Byrd, often finds himself turning to the confines of his canvass as he attempts to interpret the world around him. His colorful landscape oil paintings are the result of imagination, and the techniques he has learned over several years of working with the medium.

“It’s the highest highs and the lowest lows,” Byrd said of the painting process. “It’s constantly up and down. You can be on cloud nine one minute, or you’re just not on the next, and you feel like the worst painter in the world.”

Byrd, 30, specializes in landscape paintings and has been featured in various art shows over the past 15 years of his career.

“I was just kind of naturally drawn to it,” he said. “I had a very good art teacher [Pat Hutson, formerly of Morrow High School].”

He said he has a piece of art work hanging at the state Capitol in the governor’s office – a landscape painting of High Falls State Park in Jackson. Byrd said he expects the piece will be on display there through the spring of 2010.

He said he has created hundreds of oil paintings over his lifetime, including 20 in the past year. Oil on canvass, with works ranging in size from 6 inches by 8 inches to 30 inches by 40 inches, has been his medium of choice, he said.

“I like the feeling of the oil,” Byrd said. “It’s one of the older forms of painting, and I like the history behind it. There’s a lot of history through the Renaissance.”

He describes his process as painting done in the moment, en plein air, or, “in the open air.”

“There’s more color, more life and more immediacy in en-plein-air painting,” he said. “You’re learning to paint fast and simply because everything is changing in nature. My thing is, I’m really trying to capture light and color.”

Byrd said he was able to incorporate many of those artistic aspects into his favorite painting, currently on display at The Winsor Gallery in downtown McDonough. The piece is an interpretation of the Oregon coast.

“I like the subtlety,” he said. “It’s one of those things – you can see the rain out at sea that hasn’t moved inland.”

Eight of Byrd’s works will be on display at The Winsor Gallery this Friday beginning at 6 p.m., during the gallery’s Second Annual Juried Art Show.

Gallery owners and painters, Vicki and Derrell Anglyn, regularly feature Byrd’s work.

“I think his artwork is phenomenal,” said Vicki Anglyn, who opened the gallery in 2006 in order to spotlight painters and artists living in the area, like Byrd.

“There was no gallery around, and we thought Henry County deserved a gallery,” Vicki Anglyn said.

The Winsor Gallery, open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m., and 2 to 4 p.m., has featured oil paintings, jewelry and pottery displayed on a gallery floor of 2,000 square feet. The gallery is located at 34 Macon Street, McDonough.

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About Denis

A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art; I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. I have always been inspired by the art of Romantic painters such as Eugene Delacroix, John Constable and W.M. Turner. I consider myself a modern Romantic seeking to capture the emotion or feeling of a subject above all else. Charles Baudelaire described Romanticism as "...situated neither in choice of subject nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling".
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