Every year in January we welcome the recipient of the Best of Show Award in our Annual Juried Exhibition from the previous year, to exhibit their works. In 2019 this was Larry DeGraff.
Larry DeGraff made the leap to fine art after many years as a greeting card artist for Hallmark Cards. He studied illustration and painting the figure at the Kansas City Art Institute and has taken workshops with modern masters Matt Smith, Ned Mueller and Dave Santillanes.
Larry paints mostly the landscape but is also inspired to paint still life and figurative pieces. He paints both in the studio and outdoors and finds that painting from life is essential. Many of his paintings are of humble scenes that reflect his midwest roots. Whether it's buildings and old vehicles haunted with memories, clear, rocky streams or majestic mountains, Larry strives to paint the light as he sees it.
Larry is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and the Heart of America Artists. He is a Signature Artist with the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. His work has earned many national and regional awards and been featured in Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine.
We are delighted to have Larry's beautiful works on exhibit to share with you. Larry will be available for a "Meet the Artist" event on January 18, 2020 from 12:00 - 5:00 P.M. We hope you stop by and visit with him, he is looking forward to chatting with you!