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Artist Ebbie Hynson turns 89

Colonial Beach Art Guild will be celebrating more than its Art Walk on Friday January 9th; they will also pay tribute to one of their members, Ebbie Hynson who turns 89 later this month.
Ebbie will be exhibiting some of her newest artwork at the Jarrett Thor Fine Arts Gallery at 100 Talor St. #101 just under the new condos near the Boardwalk at Colonial Beach. I caught up with this busy woman at the Fisheries Commission where the Art league is featuring paintings from several Artists for the month of January.
Ebbie Hynson had been drawing for as long as she could remember but she knew she wanted to be an artist at the age of 8 when she wrote her desire down on paper. It wasn’t a school project or a journal, she just decided to make it a conviction.
Ebbie recalls when she was 10 or 12 painting cartoons on her leather jacket and in 6th grade she drew a sailboat on the blackboard at her school in D.C. Her teacher was so impressed with the drawing it was left on the blackboard for the rest of the year.
During her years in high school she was one of only 800 students selected in a national art contest to display one of her paintings. Ebbie laughs and says it was not a good painting. “It was a tree with these leaves underneath it,” she says. In an unsure voice she continues, “They tell me now that I have a talent for doing portraits, I have one portrait at home that I did in college. But I don’t have much formal training.”
It may have slipped her mind at the time of our interview but one of her portraits of President Clinton and V.P. Al Gore she painted from a poster during their 1996 campaign. It hangs in the Democratic Party Headquarters in Richmond, according to her resumé.
Like most Artists Ebbie is modest about her abilities because she is self- taught with what she feels is little formal training. She majored in art in high school in D.C. She attended night school at the National School of Art to study fashion illustration. Later at the age of 59 she attended one year of fine art classes at the Northern Virginia Community College taught by John Bannon where she learned the “old masters techniques”.
“I just love to paint!” says Ebbie; she likes to have fun with her paintings. Someone once told her that a painting should tell a story, so she amuses the guild by making up clever anecdotes about her paintings. Subjects of her artwork become colorful characters in her stories. When we spoke, she was removing a painting with ‘a white vase of hydrangeas with chocolates on the table’. The painting she was replacing it with also was of a white vase but with no chocolates. She told the representative at the Fisheries Commission that if anyone noticed the difference to tell them someone ate the chocolate.
Ebbie first started to sell her artwork in sidewalk shows in the 1960’s but her career really took off when she settled here 25 years ago. She now shows her work in the Colonial Beach area, but has shown in a gallery in Fredericksburg years ago. She has been a member of several guilds in her travels but she is now a charter member in the Colonial Beach Art guild which hosts around 62 artists at present time. The guild meets regularly at the Wide River Art Gallery which is housed in the same building as the Espresso Shop on Washington Avenue.
Ebbie’s new work features a new technique she calls “Rembrandt Lighting”, she describes it as very striking. It really brings out one subject in the painting with the lighting. But you will have to come down Friday evening to see it. The Art Walk begins at 6:00 pm. For more info call 804-224-8411.

Linda Farneth

 

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