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Edward HobsonEdward Hobson   BA, AFC Edward Hobson
True-to-Life Pastel Paintings of Wildlife and Wild Places
 
I first came to Africa on safari in 1982 from that time on I have been hooked. Over the years my wife and I returned a couple of times, and in 2002 we got the chance to move to Africa when I accepted a position as the Regional Safety and Security Officer for the US Peace Corps. We lived in Kampala, Uganda for 4 years and a year-and-a-half in Nairobi, Kenya. My work with Peace Corps carried me to 18 different African nations and gave me the chance to see and experience the wondrous variety of cultures, scenery and wildlife across that vast continent. When I'm not working I spend my spare time on my artwork and photography, trying my best to capture the beauty of Africa.

My paintings (with the exception of the painting of the manatees) are all based on photographs that I've taken during my travels. I can tell you exactly where and when this small slice of Africa was captured for posterity! I strive very hard to depict not only the details but also to portray the character and the soul of the subject.

A graduate of the University of Florida, I served six years as an officer in the US Air Force and then worked for 11 years as head of the crime scene investigations section at the Orlando (Florida) Police Department, where I also had the privilege of serving as the department's forensic artist. In fact, my forensic art courses through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and at the FBI Academy are the only formal art training I have ever had. While living in Orlando in the 1990s I began painting manatees, first in watercolor and then in pastel, and I exhibited from time to time at art shows in Central Florida. I was fortunate enough to be honored with the award for "Best Manatee" at the Blue Springs Manatee Festival in 1993. Over the years I donated some of my manatee paintings to the WMFE charity auction to raise money for the Public Broadcasting Service in Central Florida. In addition to my paintings of manatees, I also produced a series of pastel paintings of various players on the Orlando Magic basketball team. These paintings were donated to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and were auctioned as part of their fund-raising campaigns. On two occasions my paintings have earned Honorable Mention in the international "Pastel 100" competition and one was a finalist in the annual competition from "The Artist's Magazine". In February 2009 my work was profiled in a feature article in "The Pastel Journal".

I'd like to make a special point to thank my wife, Kimberley, and my parents for their fantastic support of my artwork and my efforts to one day become a full-time professional artist!

A NOTE ABOUT MY PRINTS: My Giclee prints are produced by Colson Printing, a first-class printmaker in Valdosta, Georgia. Limited Edition prints are signed and numbered and include a Certificate of Authenticity that gives you the story behind the painting.

 
Support for Conservation:
Formerly volunteered at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. Member of the East Africa Wildlife Society and supporting member of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Duke University Primate Center and Bat Conservation International. Also supports the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W.) Designed the t-shirt for the first-ever "Giant Jumping Rat Marathon" in Morondava, Madagascar, to raise funds for environmental programs in and around Kirindy National Park.
 
Special Achievements:
  • 2012 - "Amboseli Dry Season"
    Selected for exhibition in "Art of Conservation 2012 - An International Exhibit of Nature in Art", virtual exhibit
     
  • 2010 - Susan K. Black Foundation Scholarship Recipient
    Awarded one of only 20 scholarships to participate in the 9th Annual Susan K. Black Foundation Workshop and Art Conference
     
  • 2008 - "Sundowner"
    Honorable Mention in the 9th Annual Pastel 100 International Competition
     
  • 2008 - "Nakuru White Rhinos"
    Selected for exhibition in "Art of Conservation 2008 - An International Exhibit of Nature in Art", at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ
     
  • 2007 - "Periscope Depth"
    Honorable Mention in the 8th Annual Pastel 100 International Competition
     
  • 2007 - "Hog Heaven"
    Finalist, 24th Annual Competition from "The Artist's Magazine"
     


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