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Artist C.F. Payne focuses on creative process

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 11:33 PM

HUNTINGTON -- C.F. Payne became the latest artist to present his work Friday night at the Huntington Museum of Art as part of the museum's Walter Gropius Master Artist Series.

Local artists came to the museum to participate in the first of Payne's three-day workshop, during which he is focusing on the process of creating art.

Payne, a caricaturist and illustrator, whose work has been featured on the covers of magazines including Time Magazine, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated and Mad Magazine -- just to name a few. He also has illustrated 10 children's books in addition to having his work displayed at museums and galleries throughout the country.

On Friday, he said he hoped participants in the workshop walked away with encouragement to pursue their art aspirations.

"It's the idea of going step-by-step through your work, and a lot of that happens before you even put pencil or paint to paper," said Payne, "It's about finding a better way to make your idea real and not be discouraged by the process. Even the worst piece of art you make isn't tragic if you learn from it."

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wanted to assist in the development of an art education program at the museum in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed portions of the museum.

Katherine Cox is the education coordinator at the museum, and she said the opportunities for local artists to learn from an artist like Payne are special.

"It's extraordinary," said Cox. "For local artists here to have the chance to hear his ideas about art and to have the chance to integrate some of the techniques that have made him a great artist is simply extraordinary."

For more information about upcoming events at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701.

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