Meet the Artist

Despite the fact that watercolor is considered by many artists as the most difficult of mediums, it’s where Shuptrine feels most comfortable. And though he has experimented occasionally with other mediums, he always returned to watercolor, like his father, Hubert Shuptrine (1936-2006). Alan recently completed a solo, two-year museum exhibition titled, Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain. Also renowned for his work in one-of-a-kind frames, gold leaf, period restoration and conservation work, Shuptrine’s mastery of craftsmanship can be found nationwide in both museum and private collections.

A painter known for his Southern and Appalachian Mountains genre, Alan Shuptrine has extended his reputation from a renowned framemaker and water gilder to a nationally acclaimed watercolorist. 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.  

A resident of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Shuptrine’s pursuit of the arts includes schooling at The Baylor School (Chattanooga, TN); The University of the South (Sewanee, TN); and The University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).

His style is Realism with highly detailed and dramatic lighting in his landscapes and figurative paintings. Shuptrine’s medium is primarily watercolor which he applies and controls in various techniques, from wet-in-wet to drybrush. He prefers to handcraft, carve, and gold leaf his own frames for his paintings. 

Recognized by publications such as American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine, 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 by Andrew Wyeth and his father.

Following the Vero Beach exhibition, the Huntsville Museum of Art and The Tennessee State Museum selected Shuptrine’s watercolors for their permanent collections. After participating in numerous juried exhibitions and receiving awards from national and international watercolor societies, Shuptrine launched his first solo museum exhibition in May, 2017. The exhibition opened at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville and celebrates the Celtic roots of the Appalachian Mountains. Serving as a monument to the descendants of early English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh who settled the Eastern Seaboard, this art collection and soon-to-be coffee table book and documentary film, will collectively preserve mountain heritage and traditions for future generations. 

Upon completion of the traveling exhibition, Alan collaborated with Best-Selling author, avid hiker, and sought-after storyteller, Jennifer Pharr Davis, for his first fine art, coffee table book that launched in Fall, 2019. Titled, I Come From A Place, this thematic book contains images of Shuptrine’s watercolors, as well as Pharr Davis’ prose and serves to collectively preserve and celebrate the mountain heritage and traditions for future generations. The book was awarded the Independent Publisher’s Book Award for Best Southeastern Non-Fiction Book for 2020.

Biography

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

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.

Collection of Alan Shuptrine Watercolors, Gold Leaf Designs/ handmade frames/restoration Collection


Guest Water Gilding Instructor, Florence Academy of Art, September 2021

Mastercraftsman 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, 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: