Andrew Silton ’ 79 (JD) says there’s an artist in all of us, but here’s too little time to let it out.
Silton unleashed his inner artist furtively during decades of
business meetings, filling notepad after notepad with intricate pen
His financial sector career had him hopscotching along the East
Coast until he settled in Chapel Hill with his wife, Margaret.
Then came retirement, and he started going through those old
Inspiration varies, from photos from an Alaska trip to a heavily
business notebooks. The more he looked, the more he thought
they held more than doodles. An artist friend agreed, encouraging
him to display some in a show. The first was in Durham in 2014,
“There’s something figuratively
that I really like about a blank piece
of paper,” Silton said. “It’s just how
Today, he works mostly in
watercolors, not notebooks, but
his art echoes those meeting-room
doodles, whether it’s a European
landscape of terra cotta roofs and
domed cathedrals, waterfowl
floating under a starry sky or intense
redacted letter (he was helping out financial reporters; cut-out
strips of redacted material were incorporated into the painting of a
From Board Room
to Drawing Board
Former financial lawyer doodles his way into art
Even in two dimensions, Andrew Silton’s artisitic style often has a feeling of depth, such as the layers of buildings in Dubrovnik, 2014.
Andrew Silton ’ 79 (JD) takes
a selfie in Alaska. Trips often
provide inspiration for his art.