Join artist Craig Pursley for an opening reception exploring the stories behind his portraits. Some were inspired by music, some by an article of clothing, some by an individual and so on. He will talk about the process of the painting and inspirations behind his work.
Craig started early in art, obtaining professional commissions at 14. He was chosen as Nebraska’s Outstanding Young Artist at 17 and the following year completed a large mural, which is still displayed in his high school.
While in college he worked as a composite artist for several law enforcement agencies including the F.B.I. and continued doing so after becoming an art teacher in Colorado.
In 1983, Craig moved to California where he began work as an illustrator for a major newspaper. During this time, he also achieved considerable notoriety as a sports artist for the California Angels, Topps Baseball Card Co., and Upper Deck Baseball Card Co.
In 2002, Craig and his wife, Julie, moved to New Hampshire where he paints the beauty of New England in addition to running the American Heritage Gallery of Art in the village of Bath.. He is a member of the The Portrait Society of America (who chose his portfolio as one of the top five in 2015) and Oil Painters of America (where he recently won second place in a national competition).
His work has been featured in American Art Collector, Southwest Art and International Artist magazines and can be seen in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. His paintings are also in private collections from coast to coast and in Europe. He has won many national awards including two Best of Shows in 2015. Recently, he was chosen by New Hampshire Magazine as “Best White Mountain Artist” and has two portraits on permanent display in the state house in Concord, NH.