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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Painting, Sculpture
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I tell stories with my painting, so everything usually begins with a story that I remember from my early years, growing up in rural South Carolina. I am the story-teller artist™.
He often speaks to groups, sharing the stories which inspired each of the paintings. He paints stories which celebrate the everyday rites and rituals that work, church and home still offer in much of the forgotten rural South. Daufuskie Island Gallery director, Jack Anderson, reminisces, “He’s so easy to connect with and people just love his stories. It gives them an immediate connection to his paintings, and that’s what people are looking for—help me to understand this painting.”

Callaham describes his paintings as, “… Southern Toile©, the everyday goings-on of the people and rituals that I grew up with and the landscapes that I grew up in.” For him, he says, they represent “… the working man’s story recorded for future generations… it’s a record of a life that I love and the living that brought me to this path that I’m on—made me the person that I am.”

“It’s the patterns and vivid colors that distinguish me from others,” he says. “It’s the being a part of these paintings—the having been in them growing up—that makes them honest and real and comforting. It’s not so much the black community as it is the alive community that I’m painting. Having come close to death myself, I know—I really, really know—what it means to be ‘alive’ and grateful for it, too. This is a big part of the energy that many people feel when they see my work.”

While his paintings are in homes and corporate collections from Ohio to Georgia and North & South Carolina, Jeffery still lives not far from the community that he grew up in. And what of the chickens featured in most of his paintings? A smile comes over his face as he begins to tell a story, “People ask all the time, and the answer is yes. Yes, I do have chickens and ducks and guineas and cows; they all ramble near my house. They are such a part of my life, I just couldn’t do without them,” and, as is usual for Jeffery, he punctuates his story with laughter.
Daufuskie Island Gallery director, Jack Anderson, says of Jeffery, “He’s so easy to connect with and people just love his stories. It gives them an immediate connection to his paintings, and that’s what people are looking for—help me to understand this painting.”
About my artwork
•Artist-In-Residence, The Reserve at Lake Keowee, South Carolina, 2009
•Keynote Speaker & Featured Artwork for SC Art Educators Association, Annual Meeting, Greenville, South Carolina. 2008
•Cover Art for inaugural issue, Daufuskie Magazine, Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, 2008
•Exhibiting in The Connection, South Carolina & Barbados, Juried show traveling throughout South Carolina and Barbados 2007-2008
•Exhibition, Etherredge Center for the Arts, University of South Carolina at Aiken, South Carolina 2007
•Exhibition, Daufuskie Gallery, Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. 2006, 2007, 2008
•First Place, South Carolina Festival of Flowers Art Competition, 2004
•Specialist Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, Management and Administration, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 2002
•Masters Degree in Education, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. 2001
•Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Lander University, Greenwood, SC. 1996
•Internship, SC Sculptor Winston Wingo 1995
•Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Design, Bauder College of Fashion Design, Atlanta, GA. 1990
•Internship- Mary McFadden Company, New York, NY. 1990
•First Place, Junior Div, Abbeville Spring Art Festival, 1987
•First Place, SC Third Congressional Dist. Art Competition, 1987
•South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, 1987
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At 3:23 on November 25, 2008, Diana sellers said…
HI,,How could I forget..... I also tell stories with my art,,,I just made a real love story with my new one Sea of Love,,,it is the story of drowning in a kiss!!

come see it!
At 14:24 on September 1, 2008, Verocska said…
Hi Jeffery,

admin on Pieronymus Art Network
At 5:57 on August 31, 2008, Beppe said…
You interest treatment of the conceptual idea. Hi Beppe
At 20:11 on August 30, 2008, Steve Adams said…
very very nice work bruh
At 1:24 on August 30, 2008, Diana sellers said…
Have you heard of concern worldwide,, they would love your work ,, it is wonderful,,,,,I donate to them a lot,,

At 1:16 on August 30, 2008, Barbara Walker said…
love your style..


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