Growing up in beautiful Stokes County, NC, Timothy L. Porter has been focusing on his art for more than 30 years. While being naturally artistically talented at an early age, he officially began his artistic education at South Stokes High School under the direction of Ann Meadows. Following graduation from South Stokes, Timothy continued to hone his skills by completing a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at the prestigious Atlanta College of Art, which has since merged with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). There, he absorbed the acute attention to detail associated with sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography and digital arts.
Fast forward to the present, and Porter is recognized throughout North Carolina and the Southeast as an exceptionally talented artist in several different art forms, including ceramics and painting. In tribute of these achievements, Timothy Porter will be the featured artist in the Stokes County Arts Councils Ben and Lemma Apple Gallery the month of September.
“For the past few years I have increasingly focused my artistic efforts on mastering the skills needed to become a master watercolor painter,” Porter said. “One of the beauties of watercolor painting is that sometimes you get pleasant surprises and there are other times not so pleasant, but I have learned that before you touch the paper with any paint, you must give it a lot of thought and you must always think about every color that you are about to use.”
His watercolors are uniquely realistic, giving the viewer the feeling that “you’ve been there as a child type of experience.” He does this by using bright colors to catch the viewer’s eye, from vivid foliage and floral, mountain scenes and farm scenes. He creates rich earth toned abstracts with a blending effect with his watercolors and the paper, allowing the watercolor paint and paper to really do what they were meant to do.
Porter’s artistic journey now continues through experimentation and self-teaching. His work has been exhibited in local and regional shows and galleries where he has won numerous awards. He has also organized one-day watercolor workshops at this home studio, and likes to alternate between painting and ceramics throughout the seasons.
Most recently, Porter was one of five artists featured for POP Art, where he was chosen to his artwork featured on a billboard throughout the city of Winston-Salem, NC. This work received rave reviews and great advertising for his piece of art titled: Fall Feeding.
The public is invited to attend a free opening reception for artist Timothy Porter on Friday, August 25 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Ben and Lemma Apple Gallery, 500 N. Main St. in Danbury. The exhibit will feature painting and ceramic art and be exhibited from August 25 through September 26. For more information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159.
More on Timothy Porter can be found at his website www.tlpfireart.com.