Presented by Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center
The Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce and Hopewell Downtown Partnership present local plein air painter, Ed Hatch, who will tell us about his creative process, answer questions, and display works at Guncotton Coffee & Gallery.
The luminous work of Ed Hatch is so connected to his subjects, so rooted in his environs, that one feels an immediate sense of place and wonder. Ed, a full-time artist for more than 20 years, centers his life at the same country crossroads where he grew up – a corner of rural Virginia where his great-grandparents opened a general store in 1915. This charming setting is now his studio. Across the street is the house where his father lived, and a stone’s throw away is his childhood home where he lives. An acute observer, Ed’s home base is that ideal spot for exploration and discovery – whether it’s the creeks nearby or the mountains further afield. He gently, yet powerfully conveys his curiosity, finding the extraordinary in the ‘ordinary.’ Above all, his appreciation for beauty in nature springs from each of his works.
“I see art as a visceral, almost spiritual means of communication. Since I was a boy, I have known that art fulfills me and speaks to me in ways that I find difficult to express in words. But, what I find in nature is quite simply, pure poetry. I strive to express this in my work. I see such extraordinary beauty in everyday moments – moments that might go unnoticed. I want people to participate in my paintings – to be caught up in the scenes as much as I was when I stopped to paint them – to feel the depth, the fleeting light and the mist, to wonder what is around the bend. That’s it, I think, to share the wonder. I find great joy in my work and I am fortunate to do what I do every day.