Cornwell selected Artist of the Month

by Staff Reports


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Cecil Cornwell is Artist of the Month for May, with his work on display at Newnan City Hall on LaGrange Street.

Cecil Cornwell has been named Artist of the Month for May, with his work on display at Newnan City Hall.

Cornwell has a lifelong interest in art, going back to his early childhood in the state of Virginia. Growing up in a rural section of Henrico County led to drawing and painting of natural scenery as well as wildlife. Cornwell enrolled in a water color class at a local museum at about 9 years of age and took oil painting in high school. During college at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, he studied art for a semester. 

For most of his life Cornwell did oil paintings. However, in recent years he has expanded his activities to acrylic and water colors. 

Many of his painting ideas come from photographs which he takes on vacation trips. Water scenes and mountains often command much of his interest. Wood carving, using bass wood, has emerged as a keen interest. Because of his love of fishing, he has done a lot of fish carvings in wood, with a concentration in exactness of features and colors. His carving has expanded to other animals, such as birds, dogs, turtles and similar subjects as a result of various requests from his customers. 

Cornwell strives for authenticity and accuracy in his carvings. His fish carvings range from life size down to miniature, such as tie tacks, hat pins, and other decorative items. Some of his fish carvings are fresh water species, such as bass, bream, crappie, trout and walleye, while others are salt water species from the ocean. Every carving is unique and one of a kind. Most of his large fish are so real that people frequently mistake them for real mounted fish. 

Cornwell is retired after working with Georgia Baptist Children’s Home for 30 years. He spends considerable time enjoying carving and painting. Seldom does a day pass that he does not venture into his studio and pick up a brush or a carving tool. He believes that everyone can create something of beauty for the generations that follow. 

“While few can ever approach the work of Rembrandt or Michelangelo, perhaps one can at least come close to Grandma Moses,” he said. “Art brings us close to the Divine Creator who made all things beautiful and from nothing.”

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