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3-D watercolors depict Southern colleges, landmarks

FAYETTEVILLE - About 15 years ago, an artist friend inspired Patsy Gullett to begin adding a 3-D aspect to her flat watercolor paintings. That experiment would change Gullett's artistic direction and provide her with an avenue into an untapped market.

Today, Gullett produces watercolor reliefs with primarily architectural subject matter including historical Southern buildings and homes and college and university campuses.

"Everybody's trying to find a niche. There's lots of 3-D work out there, but I'm the only one like this," said Gullett, who holds a degree in fine art from Emporia State University. "It really is unique."

Gullett's work is a multi-step process in which she starts by creating a pen and ink drawing. She then makes four to six prints of the drawing, cuts them apart and glues them together to create dimension. Finally, she uses watercolors to paint the work.

Gullett's college campus series covers close to 100 post-secondary institutions across the Southeast, as well as some in the Midwest and Northeast. Her Georgia schools include more well-known ones like the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology as well smaller schools such as Valdosta State University.

"Anything collegiate is a big seller," Gullett said.

Her historical building series includes a three-gable Victorian home, the Mercer House in Savannah and the U.S. Capitol dome, among others.

Gullett's sculptured watercolors hang in collections throughout the U.S. and Europe and Australia. Businesses that display her pieces include Walt Disney World and World of Coke; she also has work in the U.S. Capitol. She's taken first place awards at the Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain and the Fine Arts Invitational Classic in Gwinnett.

Gullett attends at least two festivals a month and also sells her work in gift shops and on the Web at www.sculpturedwatercolors.com. Prints run $40 and up and originals start at about $300.

A resident of Fayetteville, Gullett has worked as a freelance commercial artist her whole life.

Visit Gullett this weekend at booth No. 70.