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NEW BOOK FROM ALAN SHUPTRINE

'I Come from a Place'

Tennessee watercolorist captures the people and
places along the Appalachian Trail.

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ABOVE: "The Elder."
LEFT: "Into the Clearing."
ABOVE RIGHT: Record-setting Appalachian
Trail runner and author Jennifer Pharr Davis
and Alan Shuptrine have collaborated to create
the book that contains 80 of his paintings.

Text by NANCY HENDERSON | Paintings by ALAN SHUPTRINE

ll his life, Lookout Mountain,
Tennessee, watercolorist, gold
leaf artist and gallery owner
Alan Shuptrine had dreamed of
that one big moment-that lifealtering, turning-point moment
like his artist father Hubert had
enjoyed with the publication of the 1974
Pulitzer-nominated coffee table book,
"Jericho: The South Beheld."
About six years ago, Shuptrine woke in
the middle of the night, nudged his wife,
Bonny, and announced, "I know what I
want to do." Before long, he was hiking
parts of the Appalachian Trail with his
trusty German shepherd, Captain, and
painting what he saw along the route: a
tattered homestead viewed through the
peephole of a gnarled tree, late-day light
bathing a forested path, a colorful quilt
hung out to dry.
A self-described section hiker-unlike
the AT adventurer who hikes from one
end to the other, or the one who picks up
or heads to where he left off the last time,
Shuptrine skipped around different sites

from north Georgia to Maine-he soon
realized he needed to focus on more than
just beautiful landscapes.
"In order to get different subject matter that applied to my theme, which was
celebrating the traditions, the Celtic roots,
of Appalachia, I would need to get down
into the little towns and farms at the base
of the mountains where the inhabitants
are 95 percent English, Irish, Scottish and
Welsh," he says. "When [settlers] came to
the coastline, they were uneasy. It didn't
feel like home. So they kept moving westward and when they got to the Appalachians, the terrain was similar to what
they had been living in across the sea.
Their offspring, after 250 years, are still
alive and well in the Appalachians and
practicing the same traditions."
Shuptrine notes another, lesser-known
connection between the Appalachian
Mountains and Britain, which scientists
say was physically linked to North America millions of years ago. The same seam of
dark green serpentine that snakes beneath
the trail also appears in the British Isles.

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