Artist praised for Civil War realism
By JULIE E. GREENE
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Fans of artist Mort Knstler say they love his paintings because of their color and realism.
It's as if Knstler was at those Civil War scenes, he does such a good job of making them look real, said some of the people gathered to get Knstler's autograph Saturday.
The artist autographed printings, books and calendars for more than four hours at Antietam Gallery in the Martinsburg Mall on Saturday. Prints of his latest painting, "Letter From Home," were released to the public Saturday.
Gallery owner Jim Kehoe estimated about 250 people visited the gallery during Knstler's visit.
Jim Davis, 49, of Summit Point, W.Va., had Knstler sign his framed print titled "Until We Meet Again." The painting depicts Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson holding his wife's hand at Jackson's headquarters in Winchester, Va., during the winter of 1862 as Jackson prepares to go back to battle.