"View of The Smokies" is a 6"x9" oil on wood creation by local artist Kevin Menck.
Kevin Menck was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. After graduating from art school, he worked briefly as a designer and then as a self-employed illustrator for 15 years. "Working as an illustrator helped me develop skills that are fundamental to what I do now, especially drawing. The ability to draw is the foundation to everything."
In 2002 Kevin met and befriended local painter Jason Saunders. "Jason was very instrumental in my development as an artist. He introduced me to the basics of landscape painting and also instilled in me the importance of painting from nature. Nature is the best teacher I've had."
Kevin is now committed to painting the landscape "en plein aire." Being an avid outdoorsman for years, Kevin has a deep love and respect for the outdoors. "I remember sitting in a duck blind or deer stand and trying to figure out how to capture what I was seeing on canvas. To get that atmosphere, to make a cold day look cold and hot days hot. I want the viewer to look at it and know what it actually was to be there."
To see more of Kevin's work visit his website