Artist ted bidwell

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My journey into the art world began in New York City in the free wheeling 60s.  The city's distinct architecture and interesting building shapes stimulated an interest in drawing and catching unusual light effects from NYC's great sunsets.  I also became fascinated with the magical effects of light on otherwise dreary and drying mussel and clam shells on the beach by our summer house on an island in mid-coast Maine.  In those days I did many watercolors both of beach shells and local island homes.    I had long been inspired by the impressionist artists, Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne. To me their best legacy was their creative use of the brush to convey a moment in time when light created something visually special.  For the past 30 years I have been fortunate to live in the colorful city of Gloucester Massachussets where everyday strolls bring you by sites where Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Emile Gruppe painted.  These are some of my favorite artists and now I understand why they were here.  Gloucester's working waterfront provides ever changing scenery of fishing boats, dock workers and lobstermen along with  hills covered with colorful houses.  Many of these yards store boats and flow smoothly down to the harbor.  Some say the light effects have extra wattage in Gloucester, and it is thought its because of the prevelance of sea on every side of the city.  
 After a long career in the financial industry which left little time for the art interest, retirement opened a new door to what has become a near full time vocation.  My schooling has been in the form of regular lessons at the Rockport Art Association, with teaching artist Ron Straka. In addition to enhancing an understanding of the fundamentals of oil painting, Ron has imparted a desire [...]

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