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Photo by Michele Newbanks Belpre resident Stephen McGeorge will be exhibiting his work at Barlow Library throughout March.

The Barlow Branch of the Washington County Public Library features the works of a Belpre resident who is new to the art world.

He picked up a brush for the first time in January.

“I had never had any experience before” said artist Stephen McGeorge. “It’s a bit of a cliché, but for the past couple of years I’ve had some pretty tough times and got lost. I started painting and realized that with paint you get a canvas blank and you can do whatever you want with it.

He said that with painting, if you make a mistake, you can learn from it. If there’s something you don’t like, you can change it.

“Every day you are given a blank canvas and you can do whatever you want with it,” he said.

Before he started painting in January, he wasn’t really interested in it.

“I sort of thought about it. I didn’t have the drive or the determination. said McGeorge. “I didn’t think I could do it. I got lost and now I’m getting better at trusting myself doing things and saying “go for it”.

He mainly works in acrylics, but some of his paintings are done in oils, which has its pros and cons.

“Petroleum is much messier and harder to clean,” he said. “The good thing about oil is that it lasts a few days, so you can always change things up. Acrylics dry quite quickly, so you have limited time with your palette.

He said some of his works are from tutorials he watched, but others are original works.

“I always love beach scenes and sunsets. I love sunsets” he said. “I can do them all day. There are many variety of mixed colors.

What he paints depends on his mood.

“I love beaches…just the things that are important to me,” he said.

The painting of a tree stump at the library was done because of a memory.

“When my wife and I were dating, we were hiking and we carved our names into the tree and I just thought of it one day and started painting,” he noted.

McGeorge, who is an outpatient physical therapist for Marietta Memorial Hospital, said his first painting was of a great white shark.

“My daughter loves sharks, so this was my very first painting and I gave it to her for Valentine’s Day. » he said.

His latest work, on display at the library, was also inspired by his daughter.

“My daughter wanted me to paint a picture of Bora Bora so I found a picture online and painted it for her.”

It was a colleague who gave him the idea to present his work at the library.

“A lady I work with, her daughter had her art here one day and she said they have an artist of the month every month,” said McGeorge. “I just showed him some of the paintings I did and contacted the library and asked them and they were more than happy to let me bring them here.”

Not only had McGeorge not painted before, he had never done art.

“”I didn’t know how to draw at all. Stick figures, that’s about it. My art is like kindergarten,” he said.

That’s why it’s fun. You can somehow learn from the mistakes you make and move on. I was surprised. It keeps you going and you do more and more.

He wanted to show off his art so people could see that it’s a hobby anyone can do.

“I try to inspire other people who are afraid to do something new”, he said. “Art is not perfection. It’s what you want it to be. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

Michele Newbanks can be contacted at [email protected]

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