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This is my first art newsletter in 2010.

I have been so busy creating larger, more complex works lately. I retire from the US Army in OCT 2010, after 23 years in the Infantry, I am finally retiring. Now I will have more time to dedicate to my artwork. 2010 marks the beginning of a huge marketing effort, consistent gallery exposure, national and international competitions, and expansion into using my images for stock products. The last 12 paintings I have completed were large, complex works. My style is floating between photo realism with florals to abstract colorful modern tropical art.

Recent awards in 2010 for my art include:

Cover Art – 12th Annual Nashville TN Screenwriter’s Conference – Feb 2010
Bee Paper Cover Art Landscape Sketch Book – 2010-2011
Harvests of New Millenium – India – Annual Publication, Jan 2010
“Magnolia” flyer for Steel Magnolias play production – APR 2010, Little Egg Harbor Theatre Co.
2010 Marker Supply Tradeshow – Art created with selected of their products for trade.
Winner – Purchase Award, Winterfest, River Center, Columbus Ga
Winner of the Lukas Paints Art Contest

Art Events I was juried into so far for 2010 are:

Callaway Gardens, GA, Southern Rivers Guild Art Exhibition, 10 paintings, MAY-OCT 2010
Auburn, AL CityFest 2010, Juried Art Competion
Annual Arts in Reese Park, Americus, GA 2010
Cumming, GA FUMC Festival of Arts 2010
Georgia Art League – Spring Salon Competition 2010
Art on Broadway, Columbus, GA 2010
Arts in the Park, Columbus, GA 2010
Warm Springs Spring Fling 2010
Ocean World Aquarium Museum, 3 lighthouse paintings – permanent collection – Denver, CO, 2010

I was accepted and juried into London, England’s Royal Art Collection 2010 Exhibit taking place in Dubai, Saudi Arabia. The painting that was juried into this event is below and is titled “Lotus in Paradise” The symbolism behind the art is it is the floral scene that is at ther 7th gate of Paradise as quoted in the Quran.

View more of my works at http://www.derekmccrea.50megs.com.

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