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 Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Bedford artist to exhibit works at library
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Courtesy Photo: James Underwood works in his studio at his easel. The Bedford artist will exhibit his work at the Moneta-SML Library.

Bedford artist James Underwood will exhibit his pastel paintings at the Moneta-Smith Mountain Lake Library MOarts Gallery May 1 through May 31.

Underwood's landscapes of the Blue Ridge Mountain region have won him over 30 first-place awards in a variety of juried exhibits, and he has won 23 "Best in Show" awards.

Following a career as a draftsman and cost estimator, Underwood retired after 34 years to become a full-time artist. When he was in his 40's and employed at a manufacturing company, he took his first art lessons with teacher Edith Smith. She saw his potential and encouraged him to show his work.

Underwood paints landscapes in the style of realism. Using his experience as a draftsman, he is careful to control his medium to present a scene in intricate detail.

"My favorite time to paint is early morning or dusk," he said. "This is when the color, light and shadows simultaneously convey the mood of a pristine environment in a moment of solitude."

"I want the viewer to experience an awakening of the joy and the peace evoked by memories of places they have encountered in their journey through life," Underwood added.

James Underwood is a member of the Pastel Society of America. He paints in his Bedford studio with a view of the Peaks of Otter and may be reached by email at

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