A. J. Eccles
All of my paintings have meaning to me or others. My parents were born and raised in the Outer Banks region, and my extended family is still there. I spent summers visiting my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Gene at Corolla when it was just a small village and there were no roads. Aunt Shirley was a great hunting guide and a better shot than most! Uncle Gene was the lighthouse keeper at the Currituck Light. My mother and Aunt Shirley always gave each other gifts of “heritage” – gifts that meant something about their shared past. I am trying to bring some of these gifts of heritage and memories to life with my watercolors. My husband and I spend a lot of time at my paternal grandparents’ farmhouse in Harbinger at the OBX, which gives us the chance to extend the heritage of the Albemarle Sound, the ocean, and the OBX and to our children and grandchildren.
I also find joy in painting children and pets for friends, another form of passing along heritage. In addition, nature calls to me often in the form of birds, flowers, trees, and skies.
Pieces by A. J. Eccles
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