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Born in 1966, I grew up drawing all of the time and took several art classes in high school and college. Never giving art much consideration professionally until recently, it was twenty years until I would pick up a brush again in the winter of 2010. Since then I have studied under several nationally renowned artists and have spent most of my time outside painting Plein Air in the flatlands and coastal regions of Eastern North Carolina.
My goal as an artist is to transform an ordinary everyday subject into an extraordinary unique visual experience that allows the viewer to passionately reconnect with an otherwise familiar and unemotional object or figure. By loosely handling oil paint with soothing limited colors, I seek to achieve harmony within the supporting peripheral areas of my painting while leaving more intense non-natural colors for the tighter focal point. Whether painting in Plein Air or in the studio, I strive to simplify my subject into a non-rendered and uncomplicated three dimensional artistic tale that allows the viewer to actively jump in and become part of the experience.
I paint Alla Prima or wet on wet all in one session and my style could be considered Contemporary Impressionism. I paint within the moment either on location or still life. If I paint from photographs other than commissions, I try to paint from my own that I took at a time or place that did not allow for an on location painting.
2015 29th Annual Landmark Show and Competition - 1st Place, 3rd Place juried by Chad Hughes, adjunct Professor of Art NC Central University.
2015 Splash Paint Out Competition - 3rd Place, Juror Mike Rooney
2015 Selected to participate in 2nd Annual Piedmont Plein Air Paint Out September 17-20th, High Point, NC by Selection Juror, Russell Jewell
2015 Best Figure / People Award - 8th Annual Kinston Plein Air Paint Out Juried Contest by Prior Year 1st Place Winner Jeremy Sams.
2015 1st Place 2015 Bertie County Arts Council Juried Contest by Faye Edwards Davis, Gallery Director, Dare County Arts Council.
2014 Honorable Mention 2014 Annual Bertie County Arts Council Juried Contest by Amber D Watts, Asst. Art Professor ECU School of Art
2014 Honorable Mention - 2014 28th Annual Landmark Art Competition Juried Contest by Dr. Norman Goodwin, Retired Adjunct Professor Old Dominion University and Virginia Wesleyan - Jaquelin Jenkins Gallery, Elizabeth City, NC
2013 1st Place - 2013 Annual Bertie County Arts Council Juried Contest by Sally Sutton, Professor ECU School of Art
2013 1st Place and Honorable Mention 2013 27th Annual Landmark Art Competition, Jaquelin Jenkins Gallery, Elizabeth City, NC Juried Contest by Fred Bayersdorfer, Dean of Art, Old Dominion University
2014 Plein Air Duo (partnered show with Fred Saunders) Edenton, NC 2014
2014 Fen Rascoe Solo Show – Jaquelin Jenkins Gallery, Elizabeth City NC 2014
2015 Fen Rascoe Solo Show “Raleigh to Ocracoke’ – Trinity Gallery, Raleigh NC 2015
2016 TAG Pops Up, High Point, NC
2016 Artsource Fine Art, Raleigh, NC
2016 Solo Show Beaufort Historic Commission, Beaufort NC
2017 Featured Artist 27th Annual NSA Art Show and Sale, Suffolk Va