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RIGHT: "February Morning."
BELOW: "Twisted."

FACING PAGE ABOVE: "Away for the
Summer."
LOWER: "Tennessee Morning."

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On his quest to find more Appalachian
locals to capture on canvas, new subjects
began to appear as if by magic: the elderly
man rocking in his chair, a woman tatting
on a front porch, a maker of old-fashioned
sorghum molasses.
"One person led me to another," Shuptrine recalls. "They would tell me about
others like them, others with the X factor
I was looking for."
In painting both people and places,
Shuptrine hopes to relay to his audience
the serenity and sense of belonging he felt
during his adventure.
"Maybe it's a calmness or peaceful light
or the warmth of the sun on a clapboard
house or the smell of honeysuckle in the
air or the fresh-cut hay in the field," he
says. "I'm trying to convey that emotion
from them and use as many of the senses
as possible. If they feel and see that, then
that is my greatest reward."
A more tangible payoff for Shuptrine,
and the culmination of his decades-long
dream, is "I Come From a Place," a coffee table book that debuts in September
after a two-year solo museum exhibition
across the Southeast. Paired with prose
written by bestselling author Jennifer
Pharr Davis, who holds the female world
record for fastest known time covering

the 2,185-mile AT (40 days, 11hours, 20
minutes!), the volume features more than
80 of Shuptrine's Appalachian-themed
watercolors, from "Into the Clearing," set
in the woods of Tennessee's Great Smoky
Mountains, to "Falling," which depicts an
autumn scene in Hot Springs, North Carolina, near Asheville. It also portrays a sense
of comfort, mountain heritage and home.
For Shuptrine, the experience has
been groundbreaking in more ways than
one. "I've gotten the satisfaction of being
able to go see some of the vistas that I've
seen, to talk to some of the people in the
towns," he says.
Another discovery: You need to pack
light for the AT. "The Appalachian Trail
teaches you what you need and what you
can do without," he says, laughing. "That's
not just physically, but mentally as well."
The project also taught him a lot about
himself as both an artist and a human
being. "I've learned a lot about my own
vulnerabilities, my own weaknesses. I've
learned a lot about my painting skills and
I've honed them," he says. "It's been so rewarding. ... All my life, I've been waiting
for this to come along."
For more information or to order a limitededition copy of Shuptrine's new book, please
go to alanshuptrine.com.


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