“My goal is to make paintings so realistic, that viewers are drawn into the imaginary space and share in the peaceful feeling that I try and incorporate into each work. I relish the subtleties of light reflection combined with architectural details that falls somewhere between realism and surrealism. There is something mystical yet serene in the quiet light found in interior spaces presented in harmony with the luminescent effect in the sky.”
Over the past 20 years he has received numerous honors and awards including: Cover art and feature article in The Artist’s Magazine, July 2003 and winner of The Artists Magazine, May, 1995 Cover Competition. Cover art and center spread, Yankee Magazine, March 2000 and March 2001.
Edward’s work appears in the 2001 The Artist’s Illustrated Encyclopedia. He also won first prize in the landscape division of The Artists Magazine 1993 art competition, and finalist in the 1994 Arts for the Parks competition.
Edward was named Painter of the Year by the Spotlight Magazine’s 1997-98 Reader’s Choice Awards in Portsmouth, NM. Gordon’s work has also appeared in the November, 1983 American Artist Magazine, the 1996 North Light book, Enliven Your Paintings with Light, the 1996 North Light book, Artist’s Materials, and the January, 1997.
In 1997 Mr. Gordon began publishing his own giclée prints. At present he has published 30 giclée editions, 13 of which are sold out! His paintings and prints are included in private and public collections across North America and Europe.
Edward achieves complete and painstaking precision in his rendering of textures, colors and forms. Like photography he deliberately softens the strong contrasts of the picture without blurring the forms. He mellows the outline drawing with such perfection that it becomes impossible to detect his under drawings.
From an early age, Matthew Smith was fascinated by fish and fishing, and as a youngster he set his sights on a career in the fishing business. After high School Matthew spent two years at the University of Rhode Island and graduated with an associate’s degree in fisheries management. Upon finishing his degree, Matthew packed a bag and went to sea where he would make his mark as a successful commercial fisherman.
At the age of 22, after two years as a crew member on the Sundance, Matthew was made captain of the Charlotte G, an 80-foot trawler out of Newport, RI that was built for him and his command. During his time on the Charlotte G, there was no shortage of fishermen wanting to serve under Matthew, and out on George’s Banks, his was a boat that others would follow in the search for the best fishing spots.
After ten years at the helm of the Charlotte G, Matthew reached a crucial turning point in life following an around the world trip to study fishing techniques. He realized the very real global problem of over fishing and that he was a key contributor. From that point forward Matthew’s quest has been to establish a connection to life in the seas and nature through his prints and sculptures.
Today, Matthew lives on the edge of Quincy Pond in Nottingham, New Hampshire. His home and studio share a four-story log cabin he built himself, by hand. Matthew’s cabin and the garden he is fashioning out of the rocky New Hampshire soil, are important metaphors for the parts of Matthew’s personal and perhaps spiritual life that should matter to collectors of his work.
For Matthew, the hard way is the best way. Something difficult – Matthew will try; something impossible – he will find a way to do. Whatever Matthew takes on, he tackles with a powerful efficiency. Whether fixing a trawler out to sea in a storm, building a log cabin, cutting beautiful sculptures from raw granite stones, or printing pictures of fish and whales – all of these things are done the hard way – these are pursuits that guarantee the constructive use of Matthew’s tremendous competitive drive, his nearly boundless energy, and his fierce determination.
For twenty years now, Matthew has been striving every day to produce a strong, good looking, easy to appreciate print. All of his prints are made with the finest of inks, oils, and traditional papers and matted and framed to museum quality standards. These qualities give the potential collector or gift giver the secure confidence they enjoy when purchasing an original print by Matthew Smith.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1944, Bob Aiello makes his home in Massachusetts.
Mr. Aiello graduated from the Art Institute of Boston in 1966 where he studied with Macivor Reddie and Murray Wentworth.
Upon Graduation he was employed for many years at an Advertising Agency as a commercial artist.
At the agency he met Art Director and artist Alexander Gazonas, who invited him to paint outdoors. This marked a turning point in his career and a renewed commitment to painting. Bob Aiello paints with watercolors all summer and oil paints in winter. The freshness of outdoor work has become his passion.
His Art Society Memberships include:
- * New England Watercolor Society
- * Rockport Art Association
- * North Shore Art Association
To see more of his work come visit us at Framed In Tatnuck!