MOORESVILLE – Some people write about history. Richard Newton paints it.

He’s used old photographs to paint about 40 buildings from Mooresville and Davidson’s past since he took up watercolor in 1975.

“The whole secret of watercolor is that you put color on a brush, wet it and put it on a piece of paper,” Richard Newton said.

“It’s kind of got a mind of it’s own. You got to control it.” Kim Saragoni heard about Newton’s work after opening Four Corners Framing and Gallery in 2006. Newton’s work. She learned that Newton had 13,000 prints.

Saragoni offered to sell his work at the shop. She has prints of what town hall, Brawley School, Mount Mourne School and the Mooresville Depot Visual Arts Center used to look like.

She’ll donate a portion of the proceeds from the depot print to the Mooresville Artist Guild’s capital campaign to renovate the center.

“Everybody wants a little piece of that nostalgic Mooresville – all the old schools and shops and what they used to look like,” shop co-owner Allison Spencer said.

“This kind of art reflects that hometown charm.”