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"Ol' Smokey" By Eric Buechel, Watercolor on Paper, 2018, 22" x 30", Photograph I worked from is courtesy of Donna Rose. Ol' Smokey is quite the nostalgic truck. She has been in Cumberland County, Tennessee since 1950. Mr. Shields purchased the truck from the original owner in 1970 and has owned her since. Mr. Shields son, Dennis, remembers the truck as a distinct part of his childhood; in a sense, he and the truck "grew up" together. Ol' Smokey eventually ended up in a barn, waiting for a rebirth. A few years ago, when Mr. Shields turned 70, the ole girl was taken out of the barn and put back on the road, where she belongs. The drive train was modernized so she was easier to drive; otherwise, she's been restored to near original condition. Today Ol' Smokey can be seen just about any time there is a car show on Main Street in Crossville, Tennessee.
Painting:Watercolor on Paper
Size:30 W x 22 H x 1 D in
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National award-winning artist, painter, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, art director & art history lecturer: Artist Statement: My artwork is about change and the many challenges put before me. The obstacles in life are only vehicles that I use to get to another experience. There is nothing permanent except change. Change never comes to me easily and on a vehicle of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. If you change your position and the way you look at something, the things you look at inevitable changes. Short Biography: I grew up in what was, at the time, a rural northern neighborhood in the state of New Jersey, just west of Manhattan. I first acquired my skills from my father, Ernest J. Buechel Sr. who was a talented artist and master ship-modeler born in Koblenz, Germany. After spending much of my early youth studying the works of the masters and working diligently on my craft, I won a scholarship in 1977 from the New Jersey Art Directors Club and went on to attend DuCret School of Art in Plainfield, NJ. During this time I took countless trips to some of the worlds most renowned museums in New York City with pencil and sketch book in hand. Perhaps the most important thing to happen in my life was meeting Dr. Furman J. Finck, the Dean of DuCret and an official presidential portrait painter and author. Under Finck's tutelage and studying Dr. Finck's work at his Manhattan studio, I learned a technique using a Wolff's carbon pencil to draw incredibly detailed portraits. After my studies in New Jersey and NYC I attended Broward College in South Florida and earned a degree in fine art. Soon I was on the way back to New Jersey and Manhattan to start my career as an illustrator, graphic designer and later an art director in both NYC and New Jersey. In 1991 my path yet changed again and I began experimenting with both metals in the electronics field. In particular cathode ray tubes, circuit boards and base metals. On April 14th, 1993 my part-time experimental affords was a feature story on the front page of the New York Times as a pioneer in the field of electronic recycling and later coined e-waste. Later United States Senator Lautenburg would nominate me The New Jersey Pride Award In Science And Technology for my environmental process with the recovery of lead from the glass of a cathode ray tube.
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