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Duane McCullough is an artist and author who moved from the Florida Keys to Western North Carolina in 2007 where his fine art photos of local natural scenery have been available online as canvas wrapped prints at his personal website and at the Hunters & Gatherers store in the beautiful town of Brevard.
Scenes of old barns & farm houses -- together with panoramic images of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian waterfalls are just some of the work on exihibit.
Many natural views of Western North Carolina through the four seasons can be found that include wonderful native flowering plants and local animals.
As an artist with many years of commercial and fine art experience, Duane has applied his knowledge of composition and contrast to his work which has resulted in a wide range of inspirational views.
Although Duane's artwork is mostly realistic in nature, some of his work is also able to explore the abstract aspect of nature and create a few images that move beyond the conventional views of reality.
Since 2008, Duane has printed many large quality canvas prints of his nature photos from his Epson Stylus PRO 9880 printer and has wrapped them on custom wooden frames with excellent results.
In early September of 2012, Duane's artwork became avialable for sale here at the Fine Art America website.
Biography of Duane McCullough
I was born in Miami, Florida over 60 years ago. My father was a career United States Air Force technician and my mother a skillful artist.
While traveling with my family, a full range of geographical environs across the nation and overseas provided a wide variety of growth experiences. Military bases in Florida, New York, Illinois, New Mexico and Michigan - including the Bahamas and Japan, were home sites during my early years.
Returning back to Miami in '65, our family would tour the sites of Southern Florida for the next decade. After obtaining an Associate in Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College in '74 while majoring in art and aerospace, a two-year position as a graphic designer for an electronic instrument company in Miami provided experience in the art of commercial photography and page design.
In '76, I acquired a 37' Chesapeake Skipjack sailboat in need of repair and moved to Key Largo where I began a simple and economical lifestyle living off-shore for 14 years. Because of this unique lifestyle opportunity, I found the time to perfect my guitar music skills and also pursue a vocation in the creation of both acrylic driftwood paintings and silk screen printing illustrations that depict nearby marine scenery.
I sold my driftwood paintings of sailing ships at a nautical gift shop in South Miami and also painted several seascape murals in homes near the area. Many of the driftwood paintings used the woodgrain of the knot-hole as the placement of the sun or moon in the scene that gave a scupltural feel to the artwork.
As an independent artist with time to personally search for a better understanding of Maritime History and the Natural Sciences, I studied for many hours at several public libraries and book stores gathering scientific views that would later inspire me to become a writer.
Over a period of twenty years I wrote two research books that exploried the cultural history of early maritime tribes throughout the Atlantean realm. These books attempt to reveal the realities behind the legends of both Atlantis and the Fountain of Youth mysteries.
Both books can be found free online at the spiritofatlantis.com and lostfountain.com websites where I update them when I can.
In the early nineties, I married my wife Cynthia from Bristol England and worked as a receptionist at the Florida Keys Visitor Center where I learned communication skills in guiding visitors to the many sights and wonders of the Florida Keys.
While a licensed USCG boat captain working with the family watersports business, the new millennium brought the opportunity to guide visitors around upper Florida Bay using a small power boat and teach marine science.
In 2006 my wife was seriously injured in an accident when a truck hit her car and caused a change in our lives that made us aware how fragle our lives can be.
We decided to move in late 2006 from subtropical Florida to the mountain country of Western North Carolina because of the cooler temperatures and the feeling of being alive in heaven. Paradise was nice -- but heaven is where we all want to be.
Over the years, we have experience many scenic sites throughout England, Western Europe and the Caribbean. We have also collected colorful images from places in the western United States and from the mountains of Western North Carolina where we now live.
In September 2012, I discovered the POD website of Fine Art America where I now have on display hundreds of my nature photographs and other artwork images.