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Last day of Summer

20.00"W x 16.00"H x 0.3"D

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Angela Hedderick

Cumberland, MD

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: landscapes, countryside, water, creeks, farm, girls

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 20"W x 16"H x 0.3"D

Year Created: 2017

The first leaves are turning, but on the last day of summer it is still hot enough to go and dip your feet and the creek and watch the minnows. These two girls and the watchful border collie are all enjoying the sun and the water on a beautiful September Saturday.

I have had a life-long interest in art, but chose a business career out of college as a means of stability. I continued drawing and painting while I was employed as an actuary, and had my first formal commission in 1998. I continued on a very occasional basis while my husband and I started a family and I left the business world for farming, gardening, and child-rearing. Whenever I don't have a pencil or a paintbrush in my hand I can usually be found playing outside with my children, weeding the garden, or rounding up cows or chickens who interpret the term “free range” too literally. I enjoy commissioned works; I find it very meaningful to craft a painting that is deeply personal to a specific person. I have also done some ink drawings as book illustrations. I have been commissioned to do quite a few “home portraits” of both contemporary and historic homes, including Terra Angelica and Evergreen Heritage Center. When I’m painting my own works I lean heavily toward rural themes: local landscapes, still lifes from the garden or the orchard, my kids, and my neighbor’s Jersey cows. I have been working to improve my skills in portraiture, because the human face is an amazing challenge. Youth, age, skin tone and character marks; every face is a unique landscape with a story to tell. Several friends and neighbors have been kind enough to pose for me. Once both my children hit school age, I devoted more time and effort to learning and stretching my boundaries. There is always something new to learn and try!

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