Larry Dean is a native North Carolinian, born in Oxford, with artistic and musical roots that run deep in North Carolina soil. His mother was a talented painter who created all of her pieces from house paint, gifted from the family painting business, and inspired Dean to pursue art. When Dean’s mother became blind at the age of 32, she encouraged him to explore music and learn instruments as well.
An accomplished musician, Larry has been playing the piano and singing professionally since he was seven years old. He majored in music at Campbell University and pursued his passion by playing in country, jazz, pop, top forty, beach, and oldies bands. Larry currently enjoys a career in music as the owner and lead singer of the North Tower Band.
In the new millennium, Larry took his first acrylic painting class and channeled his creativity into a new passion. He became a member of Raleigh’s Visual Artists Exchange and began selling his work with great success. Notable customers include Frank Daniels Jr., Rufus Edminston, The Raleigh Country Club, Cary Visual Arts, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. In 2002, Dean was awarded the blue ribbon for painting at the NC State Fair. Today he resides in Raleigh, where he continues to study painting and teach art classes at the Sertoma Art Center.
Larry explains, “I frequently travel with camera in hand, watching the light, shadows, and colors as they dance their way through the day, and then I return to the studio to study the snapshots and apply paint to canvas.” His work often reflects his favorite destinations in North Carolina, with a recurring theme of landscapes and cityscapes.