Walton County’s new Artist of the Year Andy Saczynski goes from doodles to oodles of acclaim

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM.

"Doodling and drawing has always been fun for me," he said. "It's pretty neat doing what I love to do."

Born in England, the son of a career Air Force man, Saczynski has lived in South Carolina and Maryland before moving to Bluewater Bay at age 7. He now lives in Miramar Beach with his wife, Lori, and their children.

Saczynski said he applied for the Artist of the Year honor several years ago, but doesn't believe his skill set was yet fully developed at that time to garner the win.

The artist believes his painting technique helped set him apart.

"I smear the paint on the surface with my flip flop, then used a plastic spoon to smear the trees in my painting of Western Lake," he said. "I do a lot of those. I just see things in a different way, like with my use of all reclaimed wood and broken objects.”

He said his work is an eclectic mix of raw inspiration and creativity inspired by the great outdoors.

"I was in shock when I got the call. The amount of incredibly talented artists who applied …," he said. "It's an honor; an accomplishment I have dreamed of having.”

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