Update: Paul Hunter Speagle's work and creativity will be featured in a one-person show at HMA between May 5 and August 5, 2018. He envisions the show as an installation and has tentatively titled it Grandfather Mountain because that is a great source of inspiration for him. He intends to include drawings, paintings, sculpture, faux stained glass, and interactives including possibly a coloring book enlarged to 5 feet x 7 feet to be filled in with 3-5 foot tall crayons.

   Sense of Community   ,   2012  oil on canvas  Gift of the artist, 2013.22

Sense of Community, 2012  oil on canvas  Gift of the artist, 2013.22

“As an artist born and raised in Hickory [NC] this is a personal dream of mine. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to leave a permanent piece of myself on this earth, through my art, that will live a long time after me.” (Paul Hunter Speagle on donating this painting to HMA.)

“Inspired by life, love and religion, I rely on my Fate to guide me through this life. The same practice happens when I paint or create. I rely on what I know and believe in and let my heart take over and my energy to leave behind a piece of Art. Like driftwood in the ocean I am on God’s beautiful spontaneous rhythmic ride. The journey is more important than the destination. What I saw yelled at me to bring it alive on a surface. So I did. I don’t argue with God’s urges that he gives me. I am just his messenger. “ (Artist statement.)

I received my first formal training by my mentor Joe Lafone, [a fellow Hickory artist]. I developed a vision of color, brush techniques and composition.”  Speagle went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Savannah [GA] College of Art and Design in 2005 and then a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2012. I was worried that school would destroy the natural creative process. Sure enough it did change my work after learning many techniques and mediums that I continue to use today. Also learned true discipline and began thinking like an artist.”

Speagle’s work continues to be both professionally and publicly acclaimed. He says that “[I am] trying to find a way to shine on the giant bulletin board of the art world.” (Artist web site.)

Photo of artist from the artist's blog (July 9, 2015): "New Hot Work in progress in the studio."

Post by Karin Borei, HMA Project Coordinator, writer and editor as needed, and HMA blogger since our blog's inception in March 2015.