Local folk artist Marion "Bodie" Cummings brought home a first place award last week from the CSRA Veterans Creative Arts Festival contest. His award also earned him recognition on the national level of the contest in Wisconsin.
This was Mr. Cummings' second time to enter and win the contest locally.
"Every time somebody beats me out (at the next level), it's with a wood carving," he said, shaking his head.
His winning piece this year was a colored pencil, ink and marker drawing of two older men enjoying a smoke after hunting.
A small boy and his dog are hiding behind the men, looking around them at a fierce-looking bull on the horizon.
The scene is set in the fall, and the men are wearing brightly-colored plaid coats.
"I like bright, bold colors, so it won't be boring," Mr. Cummings said.
Mr. Cummings said he is working on two more paintings that complement the hunting scene picture.
"I'm in another world when I'm sitting and painting and drawing," he said. "It's so relaxing. I hate to come back to reality."
Although he's been painting and drawing for over 20 years, Mr. Cummings said he only recently started entering exhibits after he joined the McDuffie Arts Council.
"The artists in the arts council help me a lot," he said. "They share their experiences and opinions. They don't just watch. I enjoy it."
For more information on the arts council, or to read Mr. Cummings bio and see examples of his work, visit www.mcduffieartscouncil.org.