Saturday, March 29, 2008

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] NCAA April Artist on Month is Cecil Cornwell

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March 29, 2008
Cecil Cornwell Named NCAA Artist of Month for April
Cecil Cornwell Named Newnan-Coweta Art Association's City Hall's Artist of the Month for APRIL
Cornwell's works of art are being displayed at Newnan City Hall for the month of April.
Cecil Cornwell has had a life long interest in art, going back to his early childhood in the State of Virginia . Growing up in a rural section of Henrico County naturally led to drawing and painting of natural scenery as well as wild life. Cecil enrolled in a water color class at a local museum at about nine years of age and he took oil painting classes in high school. His interest in wood carving began to develop during these early years of painting also. During college at Samford University in Birmingham , Alabama , he studied art for one semester.
For most of his life Cornwelll did oil paintings. However in recent years he has expanded his activities to acrylic and water colors, and he has done a lot of fish carving in wood, with a concentration in exactness of features and colors. Many of his painting ideas come from photographs which he take on vacation trips. Water scenes and mountains often command much of his interest. Wood carving, using bass wood, has emerged as a keen interest.
Cornwell strives for authenticity and accuracy in his fish carving. "I want to do a piece that appears to be able to swim if placed in the fish's water environment." Some of his fish carvings are fresh water species, such as bass, bream, crappie, trout and walleye, while others are salt water species from the ocean. Every carving is unique and one of a kind. Most are so real that people frequently mistake them for real fish.
Cornwell is now retired after working with Georgia Baptist Children's Home for thirty years. He spends considerable time enjoying carving and painting, as well as fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Seldom does a day pass that he does not venture into his basement studio and pick up a brush or a carving tool. He believes that everyone can create something of beauty for the generations that follow. While few can ever approach the work of Rembrandt or Michelangelo, perhaps one can at least come close to Grandma Moses.
Cornwell is a member of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association. NCAA meets the third Thursday each month (from September through May) at the Harriet Alexander Art Center on Hospital Road at 7:00 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. An art demonstration is presented each month. Come and join the fun.

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