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Ed Hughes

Born in Liverpool, England, Ed Hughes has been painting — mainly with oils — since he was eleven. While he doesn’t remember much about grammar school art classes, he does vividly remember learning how to draw marvellous, cat skeletons, dogfish, crustaceans, insects and many other magical specimens during biology class. Biology turned out to be the foundation of both his art, and healthcare, careers. Hughes worked as a physician for many years, while continuing painting throughout that life-phase. He systematically integrated art into his medical career, through research into art therapy as a healing tool for patients, and visual literacy training for medical learners. Any workspace he occupied was quickly turned into a mini-gallery for the benefit of patients and staff.

Hughes is a largely self-taught artist, but has grown artistically through the mentorship of others, as well as courses at the Dundas Valley and Ottawa Schools of Art. He now paints full-time in Victoria, and was recently named a finalist in the Salt Spring National Art Prize. His paintings are pensive, colourful, and sometimes a little whimsical. Whatever he makes, it’s with love and passion for form and colour. 


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