Carr wrapping up internship with artist Rich Nelson

Published 5:25 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2013

“I felt adopted as soon as I arrived.”

Community members may have seen and wondered about a young man around town this summer out and about with his easel.

Greg Carr painting on Trade St. in Tryon. (photo submitted by Kim Nelson)

Greg Carr painting on Trade St. in Tryon. (photo submitted by Kim Nelson)

His name is Greg Carr and he is Richard Christian Nelson’s intern for the summer. Carr is a student at College For Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich.; Nelson’s alma mater where he was a faculty member before moving to Tryon in 2004.

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Carr is a talented young artist who has an unusual eye for subject matter and composition. He loves painting landscape and still life from direct observation and is fascinated by the way paint brings a “magic and spark” to any subject matter.

He balances his technique between being tight and painterly, striving to bring a beauty and deeper appreciation to everyday life.

Many local scenes including downtown Tryon, Morris, Pearson’s Falls and even the Food Lion with its mountain backdrop have captured this artist’s eye.

“I came down to Tryon to study with Rich, who owns Skyuka Fine Art with his wife Kim. I immediately fell in love with the town. The people are so kind, generous and loving,” Carr said. “The whole town feels like one big family and I felt adopted in as soon as I arrived. Tryon has given me more than I could possibly give back. I hope to bring some southern hospitality back with me to Detroit.”

Carr heads back up to Detroit in early August to complete his senior year, but not before his send off party at La’Bouteille Friday, Aug. 2 from 5-8 p.m. where all of his work will be on display.

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– article submitted by Kim Nelson