ARTIST, ILLUSTRATER, WRITER DAVE MCCAMON CAPTURES EMOTION
Some writers become photographers because words never seem enough to convey the emotional depth a picture can convey. Dave McCamon turned to pencil drawings. Thirty-years ago, he began sketching a few lines while covering stories for the Youngstown Vindicator. In his spare time, he would develop a complete pencil drawing that vividly portrayed the feelings of the people in his newspaper story.
“I started with Amish people because I admired their lifestyle. From the beginning, I was illustrating faith, family and commitment, trying to reflect the soul of my subjects,” the Salineville, artist, says.
Dave occasionally did a drawing as a gift, but the work was time consuming and he investigated having prints made so that he could sell them while keeping the originals for his file. Early on, he thought about publishing his drawings in a coffee table-size book that might inspire others.
When Dave saw the signs on Ohio’s Route 7 announcing the first Shaker Woods Festival, he saw an opportunity to market both prints and originals of his pencil drawings.
“My wife, Linda, has always encouraged me and when we started at The Woods, she included some of her appliquéd sweat shirts and fancy pillowcases in our booth. As years passed, a booth opened up next to mine and she moved next door. Our daughter, Kari Beil and her husband Jeff, have another booth in the same area. She makes children’s clothes and calls them The Lady Bug Line If you know The Woods, you know that sales people and customers all share a kind of ‘all in the family’ experience every year when they come to the Shaker Woods Festival.”
Dave will display dozens of pencil drawn prints in both 8 by 10 and 16 by 20 inch sizes. His booth features prints alone, matted prints or framed prints. Originals are also available in the same formats.
“This year, I’ve added five new pencil drawings. My favorite is ‘Driving Miss Daisies,’ a humorous drawing of a guy driving a top down car with three ladies delivering flowers.”
Other new ones include “The Gift,” which portrays a newborn nestled in the parents’ hands; “Cozy,” a baby asleep with a dog; “First in Line,” a group of children waiting in line to talk to Santa; “Faith,” which shows hands holding other hands.
The artist continues to find inspiration through general assignment writing for the Salem News and through his work with RESCARE, a community of thirteen homes for challenged adults.
“I value the experiences of real people living good lives and I want to pass these elements of faith on to the next generation.”
In addition to his larger pictures, Dave makes note cards priced four for $5. Prints range in price from $32 to $72 depending on their size and format. He will also draw personal portraits.