Lebanon native featured in national art exhibit

This painting of the Grand Canyon was created by former Lebanon resident John Short and is currently on display at the Springfield art Musuem with the Watercolor USA exhibit.  Left, a photo of Short.

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KELLY MORGAN KELLY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

After a decade of experimentation with reverse painting, former Lebanon resident John Short created an image that has earned a place in a national art exhibition in Springfield.

Short's depiction of the Grand Canyon, titled "Took My Breath Away," will be on display at the Springfield Art Museum until Aug. 27. The piece is part of Watercolor USA, which according to the museum's website is a national annual juried exhibition that recognizes artwork created with water-based paint

According to Short, artists from all over the country can submit artwork created in the year previous to the show.

Short said that he visited the Grand Canyon for the first time about a year ago, and he has tried to capture his first impression of the landmark rather than portraying specific rock formations that actually exist in the canyon.

 

He stated, "We went out there and we saw Bryce Canyon, we saw Zion Canyon and the arches and different national parks, which are all gorgeous, but that look at the Grand Canyon when you first walk up to it is just an image you don't forget easily, and that's what I wanted to try to get across — not specific rocks and trees."

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