I produce a lot of St Lawrence River Art featuring the Thousand Islands Region because that is where I live and find inspiration, as well as inspiration from travel and Museum visits. See my profile and some of the Thousand Islands on this link: www.thousandislandslife.com/BackIssues/Archive/tabid/393/ArticleType/ArticleView/ArticleID/779/Default.aspx
My passions are plein air painting landscapes. mostly in oils. and life/figure, mostly in watercolors. plus some portraits. I work also in acrylic, pastel, and mixed media.When I can't paint outdoors I am painting in my 'Studio On The Narrows', overlooking the St Lawrence River from Wellesley Island NY. My subject matter is eclectic and along with my mood will influence the medium. I am more interested in the creation process, rather than being master of one medium, subject, or style. I have created art since childhood, periodically finding stretches of several years during my past business career where I had time to take a workshop or participate in group life drawing sessions. I sold paintings off the walls in my corporate office and was often called on to create a specific piece of art to humanize a business situation. I always took art materials on my travels and did a lot of on site painting and sketching over a twenty year period. I treasure these more than the photos. My favorite contemporary plein air artist is Kevin D. Macphearson and I find his two books a great source of inspiration.
In April 2009 I formed Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region (PAPTIR) in order to promote Plein Air Painting in the region. From May through October I organize an event every second Wednesday and generally have four to seven artists. Events have been held at Boldt Castle (Alexandria Bay NY) and Singer Castle. In 2009. I work with various art organizations to organize plein air painting contests in the 1000 Island Region. As a new venture in 2012 I organized the 1st Annual Artist Studio Tour US 1000 Island Region. Twenty seven artists participated at 21 locations on Memorial Day weekend.
2006 through 2011: Group Exhibitions Macsherry Library, Alexandria Bay, N.Y.
2007 through 2011: Group Exhibitions Art Association of Northern New York, (AANNY), Sackets Harbor N.Y.
2006 through 2011: Juried Exhibitions, “Along the River’s Edge”, Thousand Islands Art Center and Handweaving, Clayton N.Y.
2007 July: Minnoa Anthony Nature Center, Group Show, Wellesley Island State Park, N.Y.
2008-2009: Hawn Memorial Library Arts Alliance, Group Shows, Clayton N.Y.
Summer 2010- Continuous display of Plein Air and Studio works featuring regional State Parks at the Minnoa Anthony Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park.
2010 Juried Show Flower Memorial Library, Art Literally, Watertown NY
2010 Juried POSTER COMPETITION at the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton NY, for the 2011 Boat Show Poster- John Hacker-His Legend. Artwork to depict the spirit and essence of John and his boat designs. of 2010.
2010 August PAPTIR Group Show and sale at Macsherry Library Alexandria Bay NY
2010 September PAPTIR Group Show and Sale at The Antique Boat Museum, Clayton NY
2011 August PAPTIR Art Show and sale at Macsherry Library
2011 August North Country Arts Council Plein Air Contest 2nd place
2011 August Honorable Mention Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake NY
2012 Third place Arts Association of Northern NY Annual Show.
2012 Artistic Merit Award Central NY Watercolor Society Annual Juried Show, Cooperstown NY
2013 First Place Oil AANNY Annual Show in Sacket's Harbor NY
2013 Honorable mention AANNY PLein Air Event Sackets Harbor NY.
2014 August- Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretation Center Plein Air Invitational
Gallery and Professional Affiliations:
Sackets Harbor Art Gallery, Sackets Harbor, N.Y. (Art Association of Northern NY-AANNY)
North Country Arts Council, Watertown NY :
Central NY Watercolor Society
Breakwater Gallery, Cape Vincent NY
Summer 2005: Painting Fall Trees in Watercolor-Paul Taylor, AANNY Sackets Harbor
Summer 2005: Edwin Holgate Figure Painting Course, Saint Lawerence College (SLC) Brockville, Ontario
Winter 2006: Life in Color, Life Drawing and Painting, SLC Brockville
April 2006: Cezanne and the New Vision, Workshop, SLC Brockville
Fall 2006: Life Painting and Drawing II, The Body at Play, Semester Course, SLC Brockville
Winter 2007: Independent Study in the studio, Life Drawing, SLC Brockville
Summer 2007: Chinese Brush Painting, one week, SLC Brockville
Fall 2007: Life Drawing II, The Body in Motion, Semester Course, SLC Brockville
Winter 2008: Open Studio, Life Drawing, SLC Brockville
Fall 2008: Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse-The Elegant Line, Workshop, SLC Brockville
Spring 2009: Heads and Faces III, Workshop, SLC Brockville
Spring 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Level III Life/Figure Painting Course, SLC Brockville
Fall 2008: Thousand Island Sun, Plein Aire Painting at Dial Estate Gardens, St. Lawrence River
January 2009: Watercolor Artist Magazine-Web Site, Finalist in December 2008 Creative Workshop
May 2009: Thousand Island Sun, Robert P. Hedden forms Plein Aire Painters Thousand Islands Region (PAPTIR)
May 2009 Thousand Islands Sun, Painting Photo, AANNY Art Show, First Place Watercolor Painting, “Between Poses”.
May 2009 Watertown Times, Ditto above
May 2009 Thousand Island Sun, article covering Plein Aire Event August 7-8, Clayton N.Y.
June 2009 Watertown Times 'Plein Air Painters Gathering at Winery'
June 2009 Thousand Island Sun, article and joint news release with the Thousand Island Bridge Authority and Robert P. Hedden (PAPTIR) announcing Plein Aire Event at Bolt Castle, Heart Island, Alexandria Bay on July 8th
July 2009 Clayton Opera House 'REFLECTIONS', A Partnership of Art and Music
Aug 2009 Watertown Daily Times 'Clayton Plein Air Contest-a lot of fun'
Sept 2009 Fourth Coast Entertainment Magazine 'Featured Artist'
Sept 2009 Watertown Daily Times and Thousand Islands Sun- Wellesley Island Arist places three paintings in Everson Museum Plein Air Show, Syracuse NY.
April 2010 Thousand Islands Sun 'Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region Sets 2010 Schedule of Events'
June 2010 Thousands Islands Sun and Watertown NY Times photo of last years third place painting and article to promote June 24-26, 2010 Plein Air Contest.
Feb 24 2011 Watertown Daily Times 'Artists come to the aid of the Red Cross'- Painted Live at March 4 Red Cross 6th annual Art Show
November 2011 Profiled in on line magazine Nov issue www.thousandislandslife.com
May 2012 Watertown NY Daily Times story on Artist Studio Toiur,
2012 Selected by Kennedy Publishing for a two page spread of my watercolor figures in 'Best of Worldwide Portraits and Figures', publication scheduled for the first half of 2013.
May 2014 Watertown Daily Times story on 3rd annual Artists Studio Tour
2007 Honorable Mention, Watercolor, Art Association Northern NY Annual Show
2008 Finalist, Watercolor Artist Magazine December 2008 Creative Workshop Challenge
2009 First Place, Watercolor, Art Association of Northern NY Annual Show.
2009 First and Third Place, Clayton NY Plein Air Contest
2009 Second Place Painting, North Country Arts Council 61st annual Show.
2010 Honorable Mention, Watercolor, Art Association Northern NY Annual Show.
2010 Second Place Art Association Northern New York, Sacketts Harbor Plein Air Contest
2010 Second Place Thousand Islands Arts Center Plein Air Contest July 30-31
2010 Honorable Mention Art Association Of Northern NY Fall Watercolor Show
2011 Second Place North Country Arts Council Plein Air Contest
2011 Honorable Mention Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake NY
2012 Third place oil Arts Association of Northern NY Annual Show
2012 Artistic Merit Award Central NY Watercolor Society Annual Juried Show, Cooperstown NY.
2013 First Place Oil Arts Association of Northern NY Annual Show
2013 Honorable Mention Arts Association of Northern NY Plein Air Event
2014 Third Place Painting North Country Arts Council 66th Annual Fall Art Show
Art Association of Northern New York (AANNY), Sackets Harbor, NY
North Country Arts Council (NCAC), Watertown NY
Central New York Watercolor Society
Plein Air Painters Thousand Island Region (PAPTIR), founder and event organizer. PAPTIR is a Chapter of NYPAP.
Here is a link to my profile article on Thousands Islands Life On Line Magazine