Mooresville art icon closing up shop for new adventures

Cotton Ketchie closes Mooresville gallery
(Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
(Kristen Hampton | WBTV)

MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Almost three decades ago, Mooresville native Cotton Ketchie was working at a department store and decided a career change was in order. The now 72-year-old man took up drawing, painting, writing and photography - and made it a career.

"I never had a lesson," Ketchie said. "I just kind of self-taught."

Throughout his career, Ketchie traveled around the American countryside capturing timeless scenes using his camera and paint brush.

"I consider myself a preservationist. I'm trying to preserve our heritage through my art, and through my photography now and through my writing," Ketchie said.

Ketchie said within the next few months he will close his Mooresville gallery and spend more time creating art.

"It's been agonizing and heart-wrenching. I have customers come in crying. They get me crying. 'You know you can't leave, you're apart of downtown Mooresville,'" Ketchie said.

But Ketchie says he will continue to stay connected to his customers and the Mooresville community through his art, which will continue to be his passion.

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