Saluda Arts Festival dedicated to memory of Waddill

Published 5:02 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The various pieces will reveal his efforts to find the best way to highlight the natural beauty of his subjects.

“I paint for joy and quickly for freshness and simplicity,” Waddill once said.

You may see touches of Japanese flatness and other approaches to painting in his work for he studied the work of the expressionists and American masters such as Homer, Marin, Wyeth and Sargeant.

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Waddill was a native of this area, having been born in Greenville, S.C. He attended Furman University, where he developed an interest in the creative arts. He studied at Ringling School of Art and at Parson’s School of Design. His art experience included working as an illustrator, designer and teacher, as well as a “realistic and expressionistic” painter. Waddill’s history as an artist also included several one-person shows, many awards and representation in several universities and museums.

A resident of Saluda, he was a good representative of the high quality art colony that lives in the historic town.

– article submitted by Cathy Jackson