Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

FALL 2017

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Autumn 2017 27 and she knew everyone in the town. … at's the way it still is." ey had a son, Ian, now 9 years old. "He's an honest critic," he said of the boy's contributions. Yet it was the so-called "Great Recession" that propelled him head-first into his art- work. "I lost my job," he said. "Two weeks' notice. No severance." His home studio in Raleigh is now his cen- ter-of-operations when he isn't on location. ere's a bumper sticker on his studio door: "I'm a Proud Parent of a TERRIFIC KID." ere are stacks of his watercolors. Even a col- lection of Parekh's sketches as a kid long ago in India, pulled from a large envelope. "I'm so lucky my family kept it," he said, slipping out his own childhood rendering of the famed Mona Lisa by Italian painter and – coincidentally engineer – Leonardo da Vinci. Today, his work extends to what is called "egg tempera," during which egg yolk and pigment paint are mixed and applied in lay- ers, enhancing the colors and bypassing the need for toxic paint thinners and solvents. He's also adapt at dry-brush water-coloring, his self-described favorite technique. Te- dious? Yes, he said, but it has advantages. "You don't use a whole lot of water," he said. "It's ideal for when you want to show texture." You might not know it, but there's a good chance you've seen some of Parekh's work. His "Morehead Morning" (after More- head City) image is featured on a poster for this year's North Carolina Seafood Festival. He has captured the July 4th fireworks in Wake Forest, the State Fair, Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Raleigh, and scenes from Cary, Clayton, and Winston-Salem, to name a few. He has even sold the rights to a Carolina beach scene to a Myrtle Beach, S.C., hotel. "ey blew it up for 300 plus guest rooms," he said. But if you think all of this might have, as they say, gone to his head, think again. "I otherwise live a very boring life," he said. "I don't watch TV. … I'm doing everything I can to make time for what I love. People say, 'You're always busy!' I like to stay busy." n More artwork on the next page. ARTWORK COURTESY OF TESH PAREKH Tesh Parekh's plein air creations can capture the vibrancy, color, and clamor of the North Carolina State Fair or imbue modern downtown Raleigh with a moody, almost nostalgic glow. At left is a city street scene and at right is Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh, captured from Wilmington Street.

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