Meet the Artist

Alan Shuptrine, a resident of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, has been an artist for all of his life. Known as a fine arts painter and master craftsman, his favorite medium is watercolor.  Renowned for his realistic watercolors and oils, he is also sought after for his gold leaf work in one-of-a-kind frames, and gold leaf period restoration and conservation work.  Shuptrine's mastery of craftsmanship can be found nationwide in both museum and private collections. The son of recognized painter, the late Hubert Shuptrine, (1936-2006), Alan has continued the legacy of Realism that both Andrew Wyeth and his father Hubert established. A special collection of his works was highlighted in his solo museum exhibition,
Alan Shuptrine:  Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain, that traveled to 4 Southeastern museums.   Along with Shuptrine's Gallery, Alan's work can be found at the Grand Bohemian Galleries in Asheville, NC and Birmingham, AL; as well as Paderewski Fine Art and The Sportsman's Gallery, Ltd. (Nashville, TN; Charleston, SC; Beaver Creek, CO.)  and The FLOW Gallery, Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC.

Alan was the 2023 Artist in Residence at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton SC for August and will be the Artist in Residence at The Carnegie Club, Skibo Castle in Scotland for 2025.

A painter known for his realistic watercolors, oils, gold leaf, and handmade framing, the artist’s bold, yet sensitive and thought-provoking works are in the permanent collections of several American museums and hundreds of corporate and private collections nationwide. Born the son of recognized painter, Hubert Shuptrine (1936-2006), Alan has continued the legacy of realism that both Andrew Wyeth and his father Hubert established; and now with an exhibit of his works in Florence, Italy, he has garnered international recognition as well.

Covered by publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, Okra, and numerous others, Shuptrine garnered additional recognition when he was asked to participate in the exhibit, In the Tradition of Wyeth: Contemporary Watercolor Masters at The Vero Beach Museum of Art in 2010. The exhibition opened with Alan’s paintings displayed alongside the works his two childhood heroes: his father and Andrew Wyeth.

Following the museum exhibition at Vero Beach, Shuptrine launched, Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain. This was a solo 2-year, 4-museum traveling exhibition from 2017 to 2019 that showcased over 80 of his paintings about the Celtic roots of Appalachia and the traditions of our ancestors. With Best Selling author and National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis, Alan collaborated on a self-published coffee table book titled I Come From A Place. The book was awarded the Gold Medal IPPY (Independent Publisher’s Award) for Best Regional Non-Fiction.

Shuptrine continues to create themed collections of his work while planning future museum exhibitions, speaking engagements, appearances at national literary and art showcases, and workshop. In Fall of 2022, Alan was invited to exhibit his gilded works, as well as teach a master course on water gilding curriculum, at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He will return in 2024 as an encore instructor. His 2023 will be focused on watercolor, oil on canvas, and gilded, sgraffito panels, as well as traveling to Scotland for inspiration on a new collection of watercolors as an encore to I Come From a Place.


Artist in Residence, 2023, Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC

Coastal Treasures, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Fall, 2023

Southern Watercolor Society Juried Members Exhibition, 2023

Featured Artist, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, SC, Feb 2023

Featured Artist, Grand Bohemian Gallery – The Kessler Collection, Asheville, NC, Fall 2022

American Watercolor Society, Associate Members Exhibition, 2022

Featured Artist, Paderewski Fine Art & The Sportsman’s Gallery Ltd.

 A Gilded Age, Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, September 2022

Arts at Erlanger, Erlanger Baroness Hospital, Chattanooga, TN, 2021 and 2022

ArtFields, Selected Artist and Featured Speaker, Lake City, SC, 2021 and May 2022

First Place and Best in Show for Watercolor, Mountain View Americana Art Show, South Carolina, 2021

Featured Artist, Grand Bohemian Gallery – The Kessler Collection, Birmingham, AL, Dec 2019 – December 2020

Biltmore Farms Featured Speaker, Asheville, NC, May 2019

Reframed: American Women from the Sellars Collection featuring framing by Alan Shuptrine, The Huntsville Museum of Art, Summer 2019

Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of The Serpentine Chain, Tennessee State Museum (Nashville, TN) in May, 2017, Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA), January-April, 2018; Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), May- August, 2018; Museum Center a 5ive Points (Cleveland, TN), September 2018-January, 2019.

In the Tradition of Wyeth: Contemporary Watercolor Masters, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach FL, 2011-2012

The Serpentine Chain Collection Preview, Tennessee Association of Museums, Nashville, TN, 2016

Tennessee Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Nashville, TN, 2016

Water Gilding: A Lost Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 2016

The Serpentine Chain Collection Preview, The Poinsett Club, Greenville, SC, 2016

The Serpentine Chain Collection Preview, The Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville, NC, 2015

The Bascom Guest Instructor Exhibition, Highlands, NC, 2014

Hudson Valley Art Association Juried Exhibition, New York, 2013

National Watercolor Society Members Only Juried Exhibition Finalist, 2012

National Watercolor Society, Finalist in Members Juried Exhibition, San Pedro, California, 2011

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, Members Exhibition, Highlands, NC, 2010

Tennessee Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Chattanooga, TN, 2010

Salmagundi Art Club Floral Exhibition, NY, 2010

Huntsville Museum of Art Annual Gala, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 2009

The Southern Watercolor Society Juried Annual Exhibition Finalist, 2009

Spectrum, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, 2009

Salmagundi Art Club Annual Juried Painting/Sculpture Exhibition, Non-Members, NYC, 2008

Tennessee Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Knoxville, TN, 2008

Tennessee Art League Central Art Exhibition National, Nashville, TN, 2008

Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Quincy, FL, 2008

Greenville County Museum of Art Antiques & Exhibitions, Greenville, SC, 2006

exhibitions & collections

Distinguished Alumnus Award, The Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN, 2021

First Place, Best in Show, and Founding Member Award, Mountain View Americana Art Show, South Carolina, 2021

Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Southeastern Non-Fiction Book for I Come From A Place, 2020

Okra Magazine, Southern-Made Artist Spotlight, December, 2019

Blue Ridge Country Magazine Featured Artist, July 2019

Watercolor Artist Magazine, Must-See Show of the Season, October 2017

Watercolor Artist Magazine, Featured Artist, February, 2015

My Artist Portfolio Landscape 2012 International Juried Competition, Honorable Mention, 2012

American Artist Magazine All Media Competition, Watercolor Honorable Mention, 2012

35th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Finalist, Winner of the Colart Americas (Winsor and Newton) Award, 2012

Tennessee Watercolor Society Biennial Juried Exhibition Finalist, Winner of the Beauty of Water Media Award, and achieved Signature Membership, 2012

Salmagundi Art Club Annual Juried Exhibition, Certificate of Merit, 2011, NYC

Tennessee Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Outstanding Technical Award, 2010

Cover Finalist for American Artist Watercolor Magazine, Summer 2008 Issue

Artist Colony Annual International Online Exhibition, 2nd Place Overall, 2008

awards & recognition

Permanent Collection, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL

Permanent Collection, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

Permanent Collection, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

Permanent Collection of The Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Permanent Collections of Textile Rubber, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia

Permanent Collection of Fletcher Bright Realty, Tennessee and Georgia

Permanent Collections of over 80 individual watercolors and fine handmade frames privately collected in the United States and Japan for The Serpentine Chain Collections.

Permanent Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Al Peabody, Greenville, South Carolina

Permanent Collection of Mr. James Dicke, Crowne Corporation, Ohio

Permanent Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Robertson, New York, NY.

Permanent Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Underwood, New Jersey

Private Collections, North and South Carolina

Private Collections, Alabama

Private Collections, Tennessee

Private Collections, Georgia

Private Collection, Florida

Private Collection, Louisiana 

Private Collection, South Carolina 

Private Collection, Watercolor and Gilded pieces, Japan 

And other permanent and private collections that are too numerous to name individually. Shuptrine continues to provide commission pieces to individual clientele.


Guest Water Gilding Instructor, Florence Academy of Art, September 2022

Master craftsman of Gilded Frames for Permanent Collection of Andrew Wyeth original watercolors, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina.

Restoration and Conservation of Permanent Collection, post-Hurricane Katrina, Permanent Collections, New Orleans Museum of Art

Restoration and Conservation of Gilded Historical Period Antiques, The Swan House, The Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Gold Leaf restoration of period Antiques, The Georgia Governor’s Mansion, Atlanta, Georgia

Restoration and Conservation of Gold Leaf, and fine paintings, of the Natchez Historical Park, Natchez, Mississippi

Water Gilding and Period Restoration Acknowledgments