Alan Folger

I have a love of the natural world – of God’s creation – and through my art, no matter which medium, I strive to transport the viewer into an appreciation of our one-of-a-kind planets’ beauty. And I will confess to having a particular attraction to life-giving water, in fact, if I may steal a line…

I have a love of the natural world – of God’s creation – and through my art, no matter which medium, I strive to transport the viewer into an appreciation of our one-of-a-kind planets’ beauty. And I will confess to having a particular attraction to life-giving water, in fact, if I may steal a line from Norman MacLean’s book, A River Runs Through It, “I am haunted by waters.”


I will also confess that my art provides much needed therapy for my mind and soul. As I sit in my studio, with either brushes or sculpting tools in hand, I find peace and comfort that I hope translates in some way through my artistic efforts.


Bio
From an early age, artist Alan Folger developed a love for clear water, rising trout, and God’s creation. In between fishing trips, he became a goldsmith and jewelry designer, a sculptor and painter, a salesman, a business executive, and business owner. After owning two retail jewelry design boutiques and a fine gold wholesale manufacturing company he entered the non-profit world, leading eventually to his role as the original Director of the Trout Unlimited Veterans Service Partnership. As a disabled veteran himself (Vietnam), Alan built the program to over two-hundred chapters in partnership with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and others, delivering the healing powers of the sport to thousands of deserving disabled veterans, nationwide.


After retirement in 2016 Alan returned full-time to his artistic endeavors. He began working with gourds at the beginning of the Covid ordeal after observing his wife’s gourd art class at the John C. Campbell Folk School. And after a 35 year lay-off, he has returned to painting, which has been most rewarding.


Through his art gourds, his oil and acrylic paintings, and his colored pencil creations, Alan seeks to highlight the beauty of the natural world, and cause, at the least, a moment’s consideration, and appreciation of God’s handiwork by the viewer.


He and his wife Shirley reside in Simpsonville with their Golden Retriever, his Service Dog that answers to the name of Jordan.

Member since 2023

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