A local artist is representing the state of Alabama in a big way. The pell city painter was selected to paint Alabama’s Christmas ornament that will be displayed at the White House.
“I was kind of surprised and I didn’t know that it was going to be this big of a deal as it is,” said Buddy Spradley.
Spradley was selected one of twelve artists to represent the state.
“I was very proud to represent Alabama to our country in this way,” said Spradley.
The White House tree will be decorated with handmade ornaments representing each of the Nation’s National Parks.
Spradley’s ornament will feature Little River Canyon.
“I chose Little River Canyon because of the immensity and the beauty of it and the waterfalls. That’s the first thing I thought of was the waterfalls of Little River Canyon. And that’s what I wanted to do because I love waterfalls,” said Spradley.
It took him about two weeks to complete the ornament.
“It’s round and it was hard to get the perspective in painting with a round ornament and blending two scenes together. I have a waterfall on each side and getting it to blend together without it rolling off my drawing board,” said Spradley.
Spradley has been painting since he was five-years-old. After his recent battle with cancer, he says his painting style completely changed, for the better.
He said “I asked for guidance and I received it and had faith and just kept painting”.
Spradley has another test coming up. He’s hoping to receive a clear report from doctors. So he can plan a trip to see the tree at the white house this Christmas.
A Pell City painter was selected to paint Alabama’s Christmas ornament that will be displayed at the White House.