Local art has made its way from artists’ homes and into the lobbies and reception areas of Johnston Medical Centers in Smithfield and Clayton. Art has the ability to soothe and to aid the healing process, and we’re proud to be able to showcase the artistic talent right here in Johnston County.
“Face-off” is an artistic compilation of subjects from different locations around Johnston County. The painting, which is oil on canvas and created by local artist Doug Strickland, now hangs in the surgery waiting area on the first floor of Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield.
The main barn in the painting is still standing on Wood’s Crossroads Road near the artist’s studio in Meadow. The old rusty Ford belongs to Durwood Medlin and is stored on his property on Covered Bridge Road north of Clayton. The billy goat, which is facing off against the car, belonged to Joe Mack Barbour of Four Oaks. The painting was first exhibited at the 2009 NC State Fair.
Doug Strickland grew up in Johnston County. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in industrial relations. He worked for many years as a clinical social worker at Johnston County Mental Health Center before retiring in 2003.
Although he has taken art courses, he is primarily self-taught in the techniques of drawing and oil painting. He admires the artwork of realist painters such as John Singer Sargent and Norman Rockwell and has tried to emulate their styles. He has won numerous awards through the years, including “Best in Show” at the 2009 NC State Fair Art and Photography exhibit.
The public is welcome to stop by and see the original work of art.
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