John Meckley to be featured artist at BAA Gallery

John Meckley’s love for art began at the age of 13.  Self-taught, his inspiration came from works by  Rembrandt and the Wyeth family artists. He likes to incorporate their styles with soft, smooth, warm brush strokes of his own. He limits his palette to warm, earthy tones. He believes his subjects portray a sense of serenity and peacefulness.

John won his first Juried art show at the age of 17 in Pennsylvania. Since then, he has won numerous Juried show awards in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, and South Carolina. He even had a painting hanging in the Russian embassy in Washington, DC.

Up until two years ago, John’s works were mostly snapshots of life with people struggling with real life situations and conditions, such as a tear falling from the face of an old man on a park bench, waiting for the end to come.

In 2019 he moved to Bluffton, SC, and remembers taking in the impressive scenery, driving across a bridge with a light rain falling and the sun still shining.  He saw a rainbow appear outside of the moving truck and he felt as if he could touch it. He noticed a flock of egrets in flight across the marsh and thought God was giving him a sign. Since then, egrets in flight have been his focus.

John’s show ‘Low Country Egrets in Flight” opens June 26 and runs until August 28. Come meet the artist on Friday evening, July 1, from 5:30- 8 pm at Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay Street in downtown Beaufort, SC. For more information call 843-521-4444.