Edward Aldrich2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Edward Aldrich grew up in Colorado, which instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife and fueled his passion to capture those images in his art. In his continued desire to grow as an artist, he studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. This formal training provided a foundation from which he has been able to develop a unique vision for his art. His work is in numerous museum collections, and he has participated in many national shows such as Birds In Art, Rockwell Museum of Western Art's Re-presenting Representation, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale, and Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibition.
What artist inspires you? Why?
My inspirations are diverse. I find it in many artists from both today and long ago. Rungius, Liljefors, Von Zugel, Kuhn, Kuhnert, Sorolla, Schmid, Benson, Fechin, Anton, Landseer, Zorn, Sargent, Reynolds, Payne, Wyeth. In short, all the great representational artists of the last hundred years. And the answer to why is quite self evident.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
Each painting is inspired by something different. Sometimes it is a fleeting image I catch out of the corner of my eye, sometimes it is a landscape that inspires me to be a setting for an animal, sometimes it is an image of an animal that has just that feel, look, or character that calls out to be painted. From this initial spark the painting is "fleshed" out.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
This past summer I spent three weeks as the Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in Maine. As primarily a Western artist, I found the coast of Maine to be a refreshingly inspiring location to paint. The crashing waves, colors of the sky and surf, and angles of the rocks all provided fascinating new challenges.