Over the past two years as we dove head first in to the art scene on the East End of Long Island and New England, Peter and I met some remarkable people who create art in many different forms, using many, many different techniques. Among the memorable are Edward Loedding, Tom Rickard, Stephen Palmer, and Chuck Seaman.
Loedding creates digital paintings of amazingly beautiful flowers, he calls it "Visual Choreography". Starting with composition created by multiple photographs and carefully selected parts, he then paints the compositions in a truly unique way.
Rickard creates completely original photographic art. He not only captures the images, he prints them himself to remarkable sizes on archival papers, cuts his own custom mats and glass, and builds his own unique rough wood frames.
Palmer is a multimedia artist who constructs fish from discarded crutches, paddles, or boxes that are then filled with the found objects like dominos, golf tees, mustard tins, cheese graters, and even spatulas, and are then wired and named.
And, Chuck Seaman is a Master Gyotaku Artist. Gyotaku means "fish rubbing" in Japanese and "is an ancient tradition going back over three hundred years that uses freshly caught fish to create unique, original art prints." Chuck has an incredible studio in Hampton Bays, where he creates his masterpieces and prints them on cotton, silk, rice paper and other mediums using custom inks.
Chuck's incredible skill, refined technique, and commitment to near perfection, this year earned him the artist name "Kaijin" from the President of the International Fish Print Studio in Japan. I believe Chuck is only the third American to earn such a prestigious and hard-earned title. His art is so apparently original when you see it and he is so evidently sincere in what he does and in sharing it with others, it's been a joy to get to know him and share a little of his road.
If you are ever bored and want to meet the most remarkable collection of talented, intelligent people, join a group of artists as they travel the tent-show circuit. It's not an easy life, but the rewards are exceptional.
Thank you Chuck, Stephen, Tom, and Edward for all you shared and everything you didn't even know you were sharing.
Continued success to us all.