Experience Hicks & Whistler
Experience the paintings and words of James Abbot McNeill Whister and a painting demonstration by ED HICKS in his own style as he talks about his art and the marketing aspects of his craft. The program will be presented from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Friends Room at the Welles Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury and is free to the public.
Part 1 of the presentation: Whistler’s paintings and words, He was not just an artist, but his colorful lifestyle influenced the culture of his time.
Part 2 of the presentation: Ed Hicks will paint a landscape in his own style, talk about his art, and the marketing aspects of his craft.
About Ed Hicks: Ed feels that what is left out of a painting is as important as what is put into it. “I paint my impression of it, focusing on what captures my attention giving just enough information to tell the story, but inviting the viewer to fill in the blanks”, he says.
The oil paintings of Ed Hicks capture the essence of the New England Landscape. Each piece has a color scheme that brings the scene to life, each brush stroke highlights the beauty of his subject without exaggerating details or oversimplifying. One can almost feel the texture of an autumn hayfield warmed by an October sun.
Ed has a dedicated and large following of admirers and collectors, many of whom may not know that his first artistic calling was the world of commercial art and design. A graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Ed worked as an art director in Hartford for close to a decade before feeling a tug in another direction, to the world of painting.
His firm grounding in the fundamentals of color, line, and design is balanced by his sensitivity to the light and atmosphere of the New England landscape. He maintains that, “After one learns the fundamentals, one can branch in any artistic direction.” Using both sets of skills, technical and artistic, he translates a scene into its simplest and most direct terms creating compelling imagery that excites and satisfies the senses.
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