Cotton fields, rural landscapes inspire Crouch’s work


Nora Crouch


By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Saturday, October 5, 2019

When Nora Crouch saw a field of cotton growing near her new home in Perquimans County, she was immediately inspired to paint.

Originally from Auburn, N.Y., Crouch had moved to Perquimans in 2016 with her husband, Alan, and the couple started a home-renovation business.

The fields of cotton and rural landscapes of Perquimans became a subject of Crouch’s artwork.

“I wanted to capture a feeling,” she said.

Crouch uses a variety of media including watercolors, pastels and mixed-media to create her art.

Crouch said her husband constructed a studio, which they named Rose Gate Studio, by their home overlooking the Albemarle Sound. She offers both music and art lessons at the studio.

“I teach piano, harp and guitar,” Crouch said.

Crouch said her own passion for the arts began as a young girl when she participated in watercolor painting lessons at a museum.

Crouch recently participated in the North Carolina Senior Games SilverArts competition in Raleigh, earning both silver and bronze honors for her watercolor and pastel works.

“I like the feeling of painting,” said Crouch. “I like to use a brush.”

A member of the Perquimans Arts League, Crouch will display her work at the organization’s 9th annual Arts and Craft Show, “Arts on the Perquimans,” today at the Perquimans County Recreation Department from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The show will contain work from juried artists and artisans. Crouch plans on displaying her Santa ornaments that she paints on oyster shells as well as her watercolor paintings.

Crouch said she’s also looking forward to displaying her work at the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Art Show and Sale in Suffolk, Va. in January.

Besides being a member of the Perquimans Arts League, Crouch is also a member of the Chowan Arts Council and Dare County Arts Council.

For more information about Crouch’s art and music lessons at Rose Gate Studio, visit https://rosegatestudio.weebly.com/.