A Round Trip to Appalachia

“I started this piece alongside my painting buddy Spencer Meagher at Georgia’s Amicalola Falls State Park during the 2022 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational,” says Jeff Williams. “An 8 1/2-mile approach trail runs from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. It was Easter Sunday, so the crowds around the falls got pretty big, and I only finished the painting about half way before we had to move on.

“Amicalola Falls” (watercolor, 10 x 8 in.)

“In late September I returned to the Appalachian Mountains, abound with creeks and rivers to paint in the shade, for the Bath County Plein Air Festival in westernVirginia. Working from reference photos, I finished Amicalola Falls just prior to the event, and it made the journey east with me.”

JEFF WILLIAMS (seated next to Spencer Meagher above) makes his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma, but travels frequently to participate in plein air events. 


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