64 WBM may 2015 KYLE HIGHSMITH FROM his urban Raleigh home or his country farm, professional painter Kyle Highsmith has driven the road less trav-eled, eyeing arcane artifacts of vanishing cultural icons that become subjects of his en plein air paintings. For decades he has plundered the coast of North Carolina in search of boats. One boat he says he painted a couple of times, about 15 years ago, was a 60-footer built in the front yard of a house trailer. “It wasn’t a company, a large operation,” Highsmith says, “it was somebody who learned the craft from somebody for his own use.” Both in and out of the water, boats surface time and again in his works. “Things that are handmade, things that use local materials that are from the culture, are very much a representation of the South, where the boat-building industry has been a local occurrence in the last hundred years,” Highsmith says. The appeal of those things, he says, show hands-on workmanship. “I love North Carolina handmade duck decoys. I own duck decoys. I enjoy looking at them,” Highsmith says. He compares the knife marks around the decoy body and the bill to the same quality he finds in traditional wooden boatbuilding. “I’ve done a fair amount of painting in Harkers Island,” Highsmith says, describing a scene he drove up on one day. Bobby Brandon CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES 910-538-6261 • email@example.com www.BobbyBrandon.com Sam Crittenden 910-228-1885 Sarah Dobbs 910-256-7795 Administration Assistant Rainey Wallace 252-230-8523 Bobby Brandon 910-538-6261 Elisabeth Mulligan 910-262-1405 BoBBy BRAndon REAl EStAtE tEAm 322 Seapath Tower #202 $479,000 Wonderful waterfront 2-bedroom condo. Facing marina. 115 N. Channel Dr. $1,375,000 5-bedroom, 6-bath luxury beach home. 4,607 square feet. 14 Bahama Dr. $675,000 7-bedroom, 3-bath beach home. In awesome neighborhood.
Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2015
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