Talk about a work in progress.
Artist Dan Smith has been working on a painting called “Deere John Maerkle” since 2007 — and he’s not done yet.
Smith will be working on the painting on Wednesdays in March at the exhibition “Facescapes/Landscapes,” which runs through April 26 at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. In addition to Smith’s “facescapes,” the exhibition includes landscapes by Stephen Brooks. Both artists live in Hickory.
“Deere John Maerkle” is a self-portrait in oil that has been evolving over the years, starting with Smith’s face wearing a cap that says “Deere John” but taking on elements of others, such as explorers John Smith and Daniel Boone — “like a collage of different personalities.”
Faces have long been a source of inspiration for Smith, who used to try to create a portrait