Having worked as a courtroom illustrator for NBC News, artist Eleanor Dixon Stecker of Barnesville spent many years capturing the emotional headlines that surface at high-profile trials like the White Water Hearings, Paula Jones, Wayne Williams and other cases we have all followed. Working under such intense pressure gave her the ability to work spontaneously with line and color as a fine artist. Her watercolors – portraits, landscapes, and other illustrations – are alive with motion and capture the excitement of people in “real life” settings. Generations Gallery in The Village at Indian Springs in Flovilla will feature her work from August 7 th – September 2nd. The public is invited to attend a Reception to meet the artist on Saturday, August 18th from 4-7 pm. She has served twice as president of Lamar Arts, leaving her second term in office, December 2010. Her most recent work involves an exploration of watercolor and working en plein air. She is available for commissioned portraits, and paintings. Ms. Stecker’s portraits, watercolors, and still life paintings may be viewed through appointment at her studio in Barnesville, GA. ’ I see the world as a magical place, and my job , as an artist is to make the viewer aware of that magic,” explains Ms. Stecker. ” I might be painting a portrait , a bowl of flowers or a scene of cowgirls, cowboys and their horses. All are part of this amazing world that exists before our very eyes!’ Eleanor and her husband Alan, along with their son Aaron, are co-owners of ASV Productions, one of the oldest and most respected video production companies in Atlanta, GA. For 14 years Eleanor served as Creative Director of ASV. Prior to her work at ASV, she worked as a courtroom illustrator for NBC News, WAGA Channel 5 News, and WXIA. Among her other illustration projects were the design and illustration of children’s books for the Presbyterian Church and storyboard presentations for many production companies. Ms. Stecker left ASV in the winter of 1999 to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist. She radically altered her style from fantasy/abstraction to an exploration of the ‘real’ world through a series of still lifes, landscapes and portraiture. To make this transition, she has worked with the well-known realist painter, Marlin Adams, in his classes at Gordon College. She has continued her exploration of the portrait as a Fine Art by attending workshops with David Laffell, and Raymond Everett Kinsler. Ms. Stecker completed her undergraduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design and Atlanta College of Art where she graduated with a BFA. She attended the University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus for Graduate Studies in Fine Art. As a fine arts painter in Chicago, Ms. Dixon jointly operated a fine arts studio with six artists. Her paintings have been shown in both Chicago and Atlanta, and she is represented in many collections around the country.