About Larry Cole
A native of Tennessee, Larry studied art and business at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In his early studio work at UT, Larry drew inspiration from the painting techniques of his nationally-known artist/ professors C. Kermit Ewing and Carl Sublett. Their influence helped to develop Larry's abstract expressionist approach to his real-world subjects. Larry subsequently chose a career in banking but maintained a life-long interest in painting.
After a 33-year career and earning an MBA, Larry retired to pursue painting. He and wife Ann eventually opened a studio and gallery in the Bearden Arts District near downtown Knoxville which they owned for several years. He currently works from his new studio on their property in West Knoxville where he continues to explore varying painting techniques and subjects.
Larry's works have been showcased in solo and group exhibits in the Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga areas. His works continue to gain ever-increasing recognition as he accelerates participation in events throughout the Southeast. In addition to public exhibitions and engagements, he enjoys the patronage of a number of devoted private and corporate collectors.