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September 5, 2011 (Mt. Helix) – Heart’s Horizon, a painting created on site by local artist Chuck McPherson during the HeART of Mt. Helix event last weekend, brought a welcome $2,350 during a live auction to benefit the Mt. Helix Foundation.


The 18 x 24 watercolor took McPherson two and a half hours to complete, delighting onlookers in the crowd as well as the winning bidder.


McPherson, a performance artist who has been known to add ingredients from the audience such as lipstick and coffee to his works, has previously created works of art live at the Del Mar Fair and other venues. His numerous honors have earned him signature status with the San Diego Watercolor Association.


"I use LUKAS color," the artist told ECM. "No one I know does and it lends a special glow to my paintings." For this special work, that deep purple hue in the trees includes lipstick borrowed from his lovely assistant, Mary.

The La Mesa artist teaches art in Kensington and has previously been profiled in East County Magazine; view our story here: