Sutherland’s vision of small towns on display at library

Melissa Federspill

Staff writer

Drawing inspiration from his upbringing in Uvalde, Eddie Sutherland’s artwork captures the charm of rural country life and, due to his status as El Progreso Memorial Library’s featured artist of the month, patrons will be able to enjoy his work throughout the month of July.

Sutherland’s art features objects from small towns such as rural country stores, churches, old gas pumps, houses, and tractors.

He has won several awards for his artwork, including a silver medal at the 30th-annual Bosque Art Classic in 2015 for his watercolor painting of North Street in Uvalde.   

“I like to paint subjects of rural Texas and small towns as my own way of documenting places that are slowly disappearing,” said Sutherland.

His repertoire also includes animals and wildlife. 

“I always enjoyed seeing the homes, buildings and tools that people used to make a living ranching and raising livestock,” said Sutherland.

He often works with pen and ink, watercolor, pastels, and acrylic paint.

“Watercolors combined with pen and ink and other media became my favored media because they allow for rich textures and colors I find to produce realistic subjects,” said Sutherland.


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