John Meckley won his first juried art show at the age of 17 in Pennsylvania, and has gone on to earn juried show awards in Maryland, Florida and South Carolina. He even had a painting hanging in the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. A self-taught artist, Meckley’s inspiration came from the works of Rembrandt and the Wyeth family artists. He likes to incorporate that style with soft, smooth brush strokes and warm, earthy tones. In 2019, Meckley moved to Bluffton, and the Lowcountry’s scenery left an impression on him. The direction of his artwork was changed as he drove across a bridge while a light rain fell.