Ed Hatch is a prominent Virginia realist artist who is widely recognized for his unique ability to capture the mood and character of his subjects and surroundings. Through direct experience and the observation of his environment, Ed is able to reveal in his paintings his personal awareness and intimacy with the subject matter. Using his special blend of detail and diffused light, Ed has the superb ability to translate his experience with both acute precision and delicate subtlety. Whether it be the dampness of the woods, a misty fog, or the general feeling of a winter’s day, Ed’s paintings truly capture the very atmosphere of his surroundings.
After graduating from Old Dominion University in 1977, Ed spent three years as a commercial artist before pursuing a career as a realist painter. He is the recipient of a number of honors and awards including the Heritage Award presented by the Governor of Virginia. A three-time winner for Best of Show Award in the Mid-Atlantic Wildfowl Festival, he also won first place in national competition sponsored by the Association for Conservation Information. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America.
Ed has exhibited widely in the Mid-Atlantic, including at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the National Wildlife Federation Show in Washington, D. C. His work is included in many important collections, including Hampden-Sydney College, Ethyl Corporation, Honeywell, and the Black History Museum.