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"The artist does not draw what he sees, but what he must make others see." - Edgar Degas

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Win Crannell finished high school during the fifties in Delmar, New York and then started on a voyage through life that has taken him to many places and has allowed him to experience many of life's finer pleasures. During the journey he has been a policeman in Florida, three years in the Army (very pleasurable), sold law books in New York City, earned his BA and MFA from Florida State University; while at FSU he studied in Florence, Italy, getting in tune with Italian culture, art, food, and wine. Win taught and coached at Statesboro High School before joining the art department at North Georgia College and State University where he taught from 1971 to 2000. He is a retired professor emeritus.

Through out Win's teaching career he devoted time to his own artistic interests which he has continued into his retirement. His work has followed many directions with a strong early influence from Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionist. His early works were large non-objective paintings, but as years have passed and his influences have varied, he has become interested in the landscapes of rural Georgia. The beauty and intrigue of trees have lately been a major focus of his work, some drawings take up to five hundred hours to complete. Other subjects that Win has drawn over the years include carousels, barns, old stores, rivers, and mountain scenes. Over the past years, Win's work has won hundreds of awards at various art festivals though the United States. His work can be purchased as original pencil and pen/ink drawings as well as in prints from his home studio in Dahlonega, Gold City Antique Gallery in Dahlonega and the Chappelle Gallery in Watkinsville, Georgia. When Win is not in his studio working, he can be found playing golf at Achasta, skiing in Park City, Utah, or maybe trout fishing.

Win enjoys doing volunteer work as well as donating his art work to local charities for their fund raising events.

Win has a daughter Cory, and her husband Brett and son Easton and twin girls Preslie and Rylie , and a son Casey and his wife Nikki, along with grandsons Dylan and Isaiah and daughters,  Maddie and Lily. Win can be reached at 706 344 7854 or at 734 Calhoun Road, Dahlonega, Ga.  30533.