Kevin Beck of Blowing Rock is a realist painter who concentrates on landscapes. He is also a plein air painter, which is a fancy way of saying he paints on location. Beck has painted in a variety of locations in this country, Mexico, New Zealand, and Panama. Mountains have always been one of his favorite subjects. In 2006, he painted over one hundred new works. Beck and his wife, Judi, own the Upstairs Gallery in Blowing Rock which features his original works and the works of eight other fulltime artists.