Edward Hajdin was born in Wheeling West Virginia. Today he is known for his unique interpretation of city scenes and landscapes that he paints with a combination of palette knives and brushes. Hajdin knew at the age of five that he wanted to be an artist. He was only eight when he began taking painting lessons from artist Emma Hayhurts and then studied under the tutelage of Roy Riethmiller for eight years. After high school he attended William E. Gebhardt School of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, in addition to private lessons under the supervision of Harry Holbert and Frederick Taubes. Over the years, Hajdin has had many exhibitions and his palette-knife technique has been praised by critics. His career as a landscape painter has taken him to the capitals of Europe. He has traveled extensively from Paris and London to the Brittany Coast of France, scenes that often appear often in his paintings. His renderings of American cities such as Pittsburgh, New York, and Chicago are also among his favorite subjects. Edward Hajdin has devoted his entire life to painting. His works hang in private collections throughout the United States and have been collected by Equibank, The Duquesne Club, and the City of Pittsburgh. Westport River Gallery is honored to present Edward A. Hajdin for your viewing pleasure and consideration. Says the artist: "My paintings are all about feelings and moods. I use both the palate knife and brushes to create them. They are oil paintings done on stretched linen. I like to develop thicker areas and thinner spaces to conjure up what I want to say in a painting. The colors can go from pastel to very bright and back to gray and finally black. Movement is developed with layers of paint as well as still areas with less paint. All of this to leave you with the feeling of being there."
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