I am an artist and author that lives in Western North Carolina near the town of Brevard where my photographic artwork of local natural scenery has been available online at Fine Art America since 2012.
Scenes of old barns & farm houses -- together with panoramic images of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian waterfalls, are just some of my artwork on exihibit.
Many natural views of Western North Carolina throughout the four seasons can be found that include wonderful native flowering plants and local animals.
As an artist with decades of commercial and fine art experience, I have applied my knowledge of composition and contrast to my artwork which has resulted in a wide range of inspirational views.
My earlier artwork used a mixed media format such as acrylic paintings and ink pen illustrations -- but because modern photography offers greater options in recording natural imagery, I have focused my latest artwork efforts in that medium.
Although most of my artwork is photographically realistic, some of the work is also able to explore the abstract side of nature and thus create a more unique graphic image than conventional photography can.
I have printed many large quality canvas prints from my Epson Stylus PRO 9880 printer and have wrapped them on custom wooden frames with excellent results.
My personal gallery is now located at the PARI Nature Center within the campus of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute near Rosman, NC
Biography of Duane McCullough
I was born in Miami, Florida over 60 years ago. My father was a career United States Air Force technician and my mother a skillful artist.
While traveling with my family, a full range of geographical environs across the nation and overseas provided a wide variety of growth experiences.
Military bases in Florida, New York, Illinois, New Mexico and Michigan - including the Bahamas and Japan, were home sites during my early years.
Majoring in Art and Aerospace, I obtained an Associate in Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College and then worked as a graphic designer for an electronic instrument company in Miami.
In '76, I acquired a 37' Chesapeake Skipjack sailboat in need of repair and moved to Key Largo where I began a simple and economical lifestyle living off-shore for 14 years.
Because of this unique lifestyle opportunity, I found the time to pursue a vocation in the creation of both acrylic driftwood paintings and silk screen printing illustrations that depict nearby marine scenery
I sold my driftwood paintings of sailing ships at a nautical gift shop in South Miami and also painted several seascape murals in homes near the area.
Many of the driftwood paintings used the wood grain of the knot-hole as the placement of the sun or moon in the scene that gave a sculptural feel to the artwork.
As an independent artist with time to personally search for a better understanding of Maritime History and the Natural Sciences, I studied for many years gathering scientific views that would later inspire me to become a writer.
Over a period of twenty years I wrote two research books that explored the cultural history of early maritime tribes throughout the Atlantean realm.
These books attempt to reveal the realities behind the legends of both Atlantis and the Fountain of Youth mysteries.
Both books can be found free online at the spiritofatlantis.com and lostfountain.com websites where I update them when I can.
In the early nineties, I married my wife Cynthia from Bristol England and we bought a home in Key Largo where I worked as a receptionist at the Florida Keys Visitor Center.
At the Visitor Center, I learned communication skills in guiding visitors to the many sights and wonders of the Florida Keys.
While a licensed USCG boat captain working with the family watersports business, the new millennium brought the opportunity to guide visitors around upper Florida Bay using a small power boat and teach marine science.
In 2006 my wife was seriously injured in an accident when a truck hit her car and caused a change in our lives that made us aware how fragile our lives can be.
We decided to move from subtropical Florida to the mountain country of Western North Carolina because of the cooler temperatures and the feeling of being alive in heaven.
Over the years, I have photographed many scenic places throughout England, the Caribbean and the western United States -- but enjoy best photographing the natural scenery of Western North Carolina.
In September 2012, I discovered the POD website of Fine Art America where I now have on display over thirteen-hundred of my nature photographs and other artwork images.