Painter shares techniques at East Tennessee watercolor workshop

His portfolio includes many southern landscapes and portraits, perhaps a reflection of the more than 20 southern cities Alan Shuptrine has lived in.

"I do watercolor realism and I practice an art called dry brush watercolor which Andrew Wyeth practiced all the time. My father took up as well being influenced by Andrew Wyeth so I'm kind of carrying on the legacy," he said.

His father inspired him. Hubert Shuptrine was a nationally recognized painter.

"Actually he asked me not to become an artist. He said it's a very long, hard road and it's very difficult to make a name for yourself," he said. "He wanted me to be a neurosurgeon."

That didn't work out. Instead, he studied art at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, The University of the South in Sewanee, and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

"My greatest satisfaction is connecting with a person where they look at my painting and they see a landscape and they say oh my gosh I can almost smell the dew off the hay. And that's what I was going for," he said.

He's become a professional artist who lives in Chattanooga and conducts workshops like a recent one at the Loudon County Visitors Bureau in Lenoir City. The Tellico Village Art Guild invited Alan Shuptrine to share his insight.

"I want to perpetuate the craft of watercolor and I want to teach students that it can be controlled," he said.

He demonstrated a dry brush technique that uses mostly paint and very little water.

"I want to pass on the things that I've learned. The artisans code is you should never have some sort of knowledge about something and then die and not pass it on to other generations and share it with your colleagues and friends and students," he said.

His art is his life.

"The time at my easel is a time that I talk to God as well so for me it's a very inspirational time. I use it for my therapy," he said.

It's also a time to reconnect with his father.

"I sort of imagine him sitting beside me or standing beside me and talking to me about the brush stroke that I just made," he said.


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