SIAG November Artist of the Month, Dick Barnola

Dick was a late bloomer when it came to anything artsy. Although always having a creative side, most of his creative outlet was in restoring and “upcycling” old homes in downtown Charleston. His most recent project was a 170-year-old classic brick Charleston single home slightly south of Broad Street. Just walking through the front door of a derelict old home got his creative juices flowing.

It was in about 1995 when a friend suggested that Dick enroll in a basic drawing class at the Gibbes Art Museum. Doing so was a real breakthrough. The course was based on the book Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain by Betty Edwards. Yes, anyone can learn to draw! He was so enthralled that he took six other courses at the Gibbes: water color, figure drawing, advanced drawing, composition, acrylic painting and a plein air course. After retiring and moving to Seabrook in 2008, Dick finally had some free time and started painting in oils under the tutelage of Bob LeFevre.

Please join Dick for the Artist of the Month reception
Wednesday, November 1, at The Lake House from 4:30-6:00 pm.

For information on the Seabrook Island Artist Guild click here.

-Submitted by Bonnie Younginer, Seabrook Island Artist Guild

(Image credit: Dick Barnola)