Lookout Mountain artist working on art book of 100 paintings showcasing Appalachians
"They're hard workers, they love the land and many of them are tied to the land."
"I feel like it's in my blood, much like water color is in my blood and realism is in my blood."
Alan hikes the Appalachians with his German Shepherd named Captain.
The land and its people inspire him as he walks and camps out in the mountains.
He takes photographs and sketches along the way.
"Then I bring all those inspirations back here to my Lookout Mountain studio and create the paintings."
He's fascinated with the Europeans who settled in the mountains hundreds of years ago.
As for Alan's future, he has 11 more paintings to go to reach 100 paintings to include in his coffee table book due out next year.
The book will be written by author Jennifer Pharr Davis. It's set to be released in September 2019.
You can see Alan's work on display at the Museum at Five Points in Cleveland. The exhibit is called Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors from the Serpentine Chain.