Cotton Ketchie is painting scenes from all across North Carolina. Ketchie began drawing sketches as a child. His only formal training came only in an introductory art course at Mitchell Community College. His hobby soon became his passion and as his talents grew, Ketchie was able to quit his job and begin painting full-time. Ketchie bases his studio at his home in Mooresville. From there, he travels across the state, from the mountains to the Outer Banks, finding scenes to paint. His primary goal is to paint scenes and places he fears may not be around for his children to see. Some of his more notable paintings and drawings include scenes from Currituck Lighthouse, Grandfather Mountain, Chinqua-Penn Plantation, and Ocracoke Island Lighthouse. Ketchie's art style, what he describes as â€œsensitive realism,â€ has been influenced by Bob Timberlake, Mel Kester, and Andrew Wyeth.