The manuscript for my second book has gone to the publisher, the University of South Carolina Press! The book is titled, Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser.
Here is a desciption of the book:
PAINTING THE SOUTHERN COAST: THE ART OF WEST FRASER
A true son of the Lowcountry, West Fraser has dedicated much of his career to capturing on canvas the lush, primordial beauty of the Southeast’s ever changing coastal regions. “A Portrait of Place: Paintings of the Southeastern Coast,” is a retrospective of these works. The 250 works selected for this book represent a sample of the sketches and paintings generated over a 30 year career, and spans a geographic region from Winyah Bay, SC, to St. Augustine, Florida that includes Charleston, Hilton Head Island, Savannah, and the islands of the Lowcountry through the Golden Isles of Georgia.
Fraser’s goal with each of his paintings is to portray a portrait of this place he calls “my country,” while capturing not only it’s visual beauty but the spirit and soul of each place and scene he has dedicated to canvas. From the sultry streets of Savannah to the winding waterways and wildlife of the region’s sea islands, the works included offer a view of the land he loves. The book includes a tour of Fraser’s work, with maps of the region that include locations for each canvas.
“A Portrait of Place: Paintings of the Southeastern Coast,” also includes essays by Jean Stern, director of the Irvine Museum, and Martha Severens, noted Southern art authority. Fraser has also written a personal, biographical, essay in which he discusses the experiences and influences that have shaped his work and his life as one of America’s noted landscape artists.