"He throws away stuff we pull out of trash-cans," marvels Don Clark, owner of Art in a Nutshell Studio and Gallery in Columbia, where Stubblefield's work is represented.
Clark points to watercolors of northern landscapes, whimsical pen-and-ink drawings, a tugboat scene in New York Harbor.That one, Stubblefield's favorite, shows what the artist does so well."He
is a master at painting water," Clark
is dumbfounded by the volume and range of his
work."He's a very, very prolific artist," he says, pulling out painting after painting.
"This could come from the pages of Wyeth," he
notes, pointing to a rural scene of a barn."This is Monet," he
says of a pastel green pond."That's Cézanne," of pink and blue mountains with red-roofed houses."You got to realize, the man is a genius."
Born in Hartsville, reared in Darlington-where he
remembers drawing with a stick in the sand-Stubblefield grew up mostly in Greenwood.He graduated in 1940 from Clemson College with a degree in architecture.
concurs."He could have been a wildlife artist.
"Look at those bubbles," Don Clark
says of the white foam in the corner."Have you seen his
Gervais Street Bridge?