Exhibit will run from June 1 to July 4
One of the Lowcountry’s iconic bird species will be the star of the show as the Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) presents the paintings of John Meckley and his Featured Artist exhibit “Egrets in Flight” from June 1 to July 4 at the SOBA Gallery on Church Street in Old Town Bluffton.
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.
“I like my subjects to portray a sense of serenity and peacefulness,” says Meckley, whose earlier works were mostly snapshots of real-life situations.
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.
“I saw a rainbow appear outside the moving truck and felt as if I could touch it,” Meckley said. “I noticed a flock of egrets in flight across the marsh and thought God was giving me a sign. Since then, ‘Egrets in Flight’ have been my focus.”