Lew Wallace

Artist, Musician, Renaissance Man

13 January 1937 - 20 November 2013
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I graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a B.A. degree in Art. I grew up in North Carolina, spent most of my adult working life in Florida, and now, in retirement, have a home both in Florida and in the North Carolina mountains.

Most of my professional career has been spent as a technical illustrator with various aerospace companies at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, including Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. I worked as a free-lance artist for several years creating architectural renderings of schools, apartment complexes, homes, industrial plants, and magazine cover art. I am presently retired from the Boeing Company where I worked in a design visualization group. The job consisted of creating 3-D computer models of Space Station facilities and ground processing equipment from engineering drawings and field sketches in order to create a full scale virtual environment for real time simulation of payload ground operations.

Combining tools learned from years of discipline in technical art (such as perspective, light and shadow rendering, brush control) with my education and concepts in Fine Arts, I decided to try my hand at watercolors.

My first series of paintings consisted of European towns and castles based on my own experiences during an eighteen month tour of duty with the U. S. Army in France.

My challenge as an artist now is in developing my own watercolor techniques for painting nature, rocks and water. My current series of paintings feature the streams and waterfalls found in and around my new home in the North Carolina mountains.

Since I started exhibiting my work in 2001, I have earned signature membership in the National Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society, The Florida Watercolor Society, The North East Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. My work has been featured in the following national and international art magazines:

                The Artist's Magazine (March 2008) "Splendid Over Sixty"
                 Watercolor Artist (December 2009) "Ones to Watch"
                 Pratique Des Arts, Special Aquarelle (December 2011) "Portfolio International"
                    

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