Anyone who hasn’t been up to the third floor of the Beach Library in a while needs to go check out the beautiful watercolor renderings of Fred Bushnell, April’s Artist of the Month.
Bushnell’s work comes with a pretty impressive pedigree. Noted for his deep, rich color and his knowledge of his varied subjects, Fred’s paintings hang in private collections in such far-flung places as London, Ireland, Russia, the Philippines, Canada, China and across the United States.
Fred began to paint seriously in 1990 after a 45-year career as a farmer in northern Illinois.
“I paint what I know best: the scenes on my farm, places in Florida where I spend the winters, scenes done on personal trips, and my travels while volunteering with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s USAID program where I have worked in Russia and in the Philippines. I paint the light, just as other good painters do, with an emphasis on composition and color.”
Bushnell has studied with many famous artists including Mel Stablin, Tony Van Hasselt, Frank Webb, Skip Lawrence, Judi Wagoner, Stephen Quiller, Tom Lynch, John Salminen and many, many others. He belongs to art groups across Southwest Florida – including the Fort Myers Beach Art Association – and his work has been accepted in many juried shows with awards and honors.
“What is particularly fun about Fred is that he loves to paint,” said Library Director Dr. Leroy Hommerding. “He enjoys the process and is not shy about spending time in this adventure.”
Fred’s work will be on display at the Library until April 30th.