North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

Top Stories

April 12, 2013

Gardendale artist finally realizes his dream

GARDENDALE — It took a lifetime for a Gardendale artist to finally begin to seriously pursue his passion.

Fred Mobley used to draw as a boy, starting when he was 6 years old. He took art classes in high school and some correspondence classes in art later on, but when it came time to make a career choice, he decided on a career that seemed more financially sound — he worked in engineering drafting and put the arts to the side.

But he did not completely ignore his artistic abilities: Mobley took up photography in the 1980s and 1990s, for which he won numerous awards.

After he retired from his job, Mobley and his sister were watching a “TV artist” — he thinks it was Bob Ross — and his sister said, “You could do that.”

Mobley blew it off, but said his sister was persistent. So he bought some paint and brushes, and surprised even himself with the result.

“It turned out a lot better than I expected it would,” he said with a smile.

Even so, Mobley started out painting just for the pleasure of it, and not to please anyone else.

“I didn’t think anybody would like it,” he said.

That was about four years ago, and Mobley has not looked back.

He has again taken up his studies of the arts by reading books and watching DVDs.

Mobley said he is still surprised when his paintings turn out well. “I look at them and think, ‘I did that!’” he said.

He does not subscribe to a certain style of painting. Rather, he picks and chooses his favorite elements from a variety of painters. Some of his favorite artists are Andrew White, Edward Hopper and Grant Wood.

“I paint things that please my eye,” he said.

Mobley’s paintings can be found through April in the lobby of IberiaBank in Fultondale, with whom the Fultondale Arts Council is partnering to showcase local artists’ work. A new artist will be featured every quarter.

Text Only
Top Stories
Featured Ads
NDN Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl
Twitter Updates