Preserving the North Carolina fishing tradition on canvas.
Varnamtown: An Aging Life
This book is the culmination of a three-year journey and contains all the images from the “Varnamtown: An Aging Life” series. Included are all of the major acrylic paintings as well as the watercolors that were done on site in the town. The Varnamtown project mission is to preserve, on canvas a visual history of this way of life for future generations. The men and woman in the little fishing towns of North Carolina have made their living from the sea for centuries. Varnamtown is just one of these small dying fishing communities along the eastern coast of North Carolina. Unfortunately, a lifestyle and culture are rapidly disappearing and an important chapter in our history will soon be lost.
The book has been a great success with a lot of people sharing with me what the project as well what Varnamtown means to them.
"Received my book today. Love it. Thank you so much for taking on this project. Makes me proud to know that I come from decent hard-working people, which I already knew. My mama was a Varnam "honey,(Garland)" was her brother. My siblings and I spent so much time at the "landing". Great memories. Mama would be so proud. You did Varnamtown justice. Would love to be at your next showing.
Again, thank you"