My family is a sucker for animals. You know, all of those adorable, sometimes awkward, and absolutely engaging animals? Interestingly enough we are especially partial to birds, especially my mom. Mom and Dad are both able to identify most birds in Florida and around the south. It is a gift, at which they excel.
On our recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina one of the “must see” outings included a stop at the Asheville Art Museum to enjoy the nature paintings of Sallie Middleton (1926-2009). Middleton, having grown up in Asheville and Charleston, South Carolina was no stranger to the birds, plants and beauty of the south. With influences from her storytelling father and architect uncle, Sallie’s young life was a cradle of creativity that produced detailed, and awe inspiring paintings. You can see most of her father’s influence in her work, as he often told stories of fairies, elves, and all things magical during walks through the woods. Her work takes on a story and is itself, magical.
The Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum is available for viewing through December 5, 2010 and features many of her famous pieces, in addition to a series of Christmas Eve prints about Sallie and her sister.
See if you can find Middleton’s calling card in almost all of her paintings!
All pictures from SallieMiddleton.com .