Magazine article Southwest Art

Edward Aldrich

Magazine article Southwest Art

Edward Aldrich

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Evergreen Fine Art, October 4-25

OIL PAINTINGS of animals indigenous to the Rocky Mountain region, including elk, wolves, mountain goats, and foxes, are featured in Edward Aldrich's solo show titled From the Wild at Evergreen Fine Art this month. Opening with an artist's reception and gallery talk from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, and running through October 25, the exhibition of 15 to 20 works is a showcase for Aldrich's stunning portrayal of western wildlife and his love for the landscape in which these magnificent animals live. "Ned's work speaks to the soul of the subjects," says Evergreen Fine Art's director of exhibitions Doug Kacena. "His reverence for the natural world is clearly reflected in his striking depictions of Rocky Mountain wildlife."

A resident of Golden, CO, Aldrich doesn't have to go far from home to find the subjects of his paintings. And even though he has painted hundreds of animals in their natural habitats during his career, he still has much to say about them and thoroughly enjoys the painting process. "I try to capture the power, character, and feeling of the animal," he explains. "Sometimes I focus on its mystery or shyness."

In the bulk of Aldrich's oeuvre, animals are portrayed in their environments. For this show, the artist also has focused more attention on the animals themselves. OUT OF THE FOG is one of a series of works that hone in on an animal's unique qualities. In this painting, a timber wolf walks out of a fog toward the viewer. "I'm focusing on emotions and on dynamic lighting or atmosphere," he says. …

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