Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) has announced its Featured Artist and Featured Painting for the 2019 event, marking 37 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation, and the sporting life. Lou Pasqua has been named the 2019 event’s Featured Artist. His painting “Little Havoc” (above), has been selected as the Featured Painting and subject of the official SEWE 2019 poster.
The 37th annual SEWE will be held in multiple venues throughout downtown Charleston, South Carolina, from February 15–17, 2019 with VIP events beginning on Thursday, February 14.
From the organizers:
An avid sportsman, Lou Pasqua’s lifelong passion for the outdoors and wildlife translates to his artwork. Coupled with his 20+ years in the graphic design industry, his ability to capture emotion and movement has made him one of the most sought-after sporting and wildlife artists in the country. Residing in Etna, Pennsylvania, Pasqua has work in collections and galleries across the nation, as well as on the covers of numerous publications.
“I feel privileged to be selected as Featured Artist for the 2019 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition,” says Pasqua. “To be chosen as the Featured Artist among so many talented individuals confirms to me that people appreciate my efforts and the body of work I have created. This recognition is encouragement to keep painting and improving.”
“Little Havoc” depicts a Boykin Spaniel and gives the viewer a front-row seat to the thrill of flushing a covey of quail.
“At its core, SEWE desires to present the finest wildlife art available. With that in mind, Lou Pasqua was an obvious choice for the 2019 Featured Artist. Lou’s sporting paintings are unmatched, and it is a privilege to showcase his work,” says SEWE art curator, Natalie Henderson.
“On the heels of Ezra Tucker (2017) and Kathryn Mapes Turner (2018) SEWE could not be more excited to announce Lou as the 2019 Featured Artist,” says John Powell, SEWE executive director. “Lou’s work taps into the sporting art roots of SEWE now going 37 years strong. I believe Lou’s body of work will resonate with men and women who have spent time in the field walking behind a good dog or in a quiet patch of woods where they connect to the outdoors. Lou understands these traditions and how to translate them to the canvas.
“With the artists present and engaging with collectors during SEWE week, people often refer to the connections and relationships made here in Charleston,” adds Powell. “For those of us fortunate to view Lou Pasqua’s collection at SEWE 2019, I believe his work will connect all of us and tell a story about the love we share for the outdoors and our traditions.”
With a continuing focus on bringing renowned wildlife and sporting art to Charleston, SEWE also welcomes Guest Artists Walter Matia and Sandy Scott.
Walter Matia began casting bronze sculptures in 1980. He is as accomplished as he is talented. Initially concentrating on bird life, over the years he has worked on sporting dogs, other mammals, and large fountain and garden pieces, which include a fountain and bronze wall frieze for the United States President’s guest house. Matia resides in Dickerson, Maryland.
Sandy Scott believes wildlife artists should be in the field to accurately present their subject to the viewer. A lifelong interest in aviation has been invaluable to her work. “I believe my knowledge of aerodynamics has been helpful in achieving the illusion of movement in my bird sculptures,” says Scott. Headquartered in Lander, Wyoming, Scott has experienced and lived what she depicts in her sculptures, winning her many accolades throughout the years.