Quantcast

Bennington artist makes his mark - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Bennington artist makes his mark

Posted: Updated:
BENNINGTON, Vt. - One artist is hoping to turn people's view of the state's stunning landscape, and he's doing it with his art that's Made in Vermont.



Brian Hewitt looks at Vermont's landscape differently than most people. His slightly curved view comes through in his oil paintings he creates in his Bennington home.

"I like the word exaggerated. Some people say surreal, but I prefer exaggerated. My colors and style are exaggerated," Hewitt said.



Hewitt started painting five years ago. After working in print media sales, marketing and managing for years, he moved back to his home state of Vermont and picked up a brush to get through the winter. The skill came naturally to him; he's never taken an art class. It's now his full-time job.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Why landscapes?

Brian Hewitt: I can't do portraits.



Hewitt says he aims to stop viewers in their tracks. Painting on a curve sets his fine art apart, along with his bold color choices.

"I don't know how it all happened. It evolved, but I was working with the curve and then thought by turning the canvas it  would exaggerate that curve even more," Hewitt said.



Always with a camera in hand, Hewitt finds himself snapping and recapturing Vermont's landscape in his pieces. He's also intrigued by architectural details in cities like Boston.

Gina Bullard: When you're finished with a painting and you look at it, what goes through your mind?

Brian Hewitt: Phew! It's hard work, especially if you work on it for three months, it can be exhausting.

Exhausting because he painstakingly concentrates on the details, whether it's perfecting shadows or making the background clear as day -- or night -- like a city block where you can almost hear the hum of the light.



"It takes a while for me to get the richness I want and for the magic to happen sometimes," he said.

An original painting can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000. Prints sell from $95 to $600.

"I go for the wow factor, and always have, because that's what I like. I like stuff that's stunning, so it added to the whole wow factor," Hewitt said.

Paintings that make you stop and take a closer look that are Made in Vermont.


Hewitt's work is sold in several galleries throughout the state and online. For more information click here.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Amish kidnap suspect's employer probes drug theft

    Amish kidnap suspect's employer probes drug theft

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:54:00 GMT
    The hospital that employed a suspect in the abduction of two Amish girls in northern New York is conducting an investigation into the possibility that he stole drugs from the facility.
    The hospital that employed a New York man charged with abducting two Amish girls is conducting an investigation into the possibility that he stole drugs.
  • Vt. doctor accused of improperly giving medications

    Vt. doctor accused of improperly giving medications

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:18:04 GMT
    The former chairman of a panel overseeing the use of prescription drugs in Vermont is facing allegations he improperly dispensed medications to 14 patients.
    The former chairman of a panel overseeing the use of prescription drugs in Vermont is facing allegations he improperly dispensed medications to 14 patients.
  • NH police look for dog, owner after fatal dog attack

    NH police look for dog, owner after fatal dog attack

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:08:23 GMT
    New Hampshire State Police are asking for help from the public to help identify a pit bull and its owner after they said the dog attacked another on a mountain hike. The attacked dog died of its injuries.
    New Hampshire State Police are asking for help from the public to help identify a pit bull and its owner after they said the dog attacked another on a mountain hike. The attacked dog died of its injuries.
  • USDA launches new dairy insurance program

    USDA launches new dairy insurance program

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:50:30 GMT
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says dairy farmers can begin signing up Sept. 2 for a new program that replaces old subsidies.
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says dairy farmers can begin signing up Sept. 2 for a new program that replaces old subsidies.
  • Vilsack says up to $45M to help Lake Champlain

    Vilsack says up to $45M to help Lake Champlain

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:09:51 GMT
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced up to $45 million will be provided for efforts to protect soil and water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin over the next five years.
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced up to $45 million will be provided for efforts to protect soil and water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin over the next five years.
  • FairPoint declares impasse, unions disagree

    FairPoint declares impasse, unions disagree

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:10 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:10:46 GMT
    FairPoint Communications says talks remain deadlocked after weeks of negotiating with unions representing more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and is implementing its final proposals, which...
    FairPoint Communications says talks remain deadlocked after weeks of negotiating with unions representing more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and is implementing its final proposals, which it says is permitted under federal law.
  • Bennington wants to name welcome center after Jeffords

    Bennington wants to name welcome center after Jeffords

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:15:00 GMT
    There's an effort underway to name a new welcome center in Vermont after the late Sen. Jim Jeffords, who secured its funding.
    There's an effort underway to name a new welcome center in Vermont after the late Sen. Jim Jeffords, who secured its funding.
  • Ayotte to hike, brief on Northern Pass project

    Ayotte to hike, brief on Northern Pass project

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:12:00 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte will be hiking the White Mountains and learning more about the proposed Northern Pass project that would carry power from Canada through New Hampshire via high-voltage transmission lines.
    U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte will be hiking the White Mountains and learning more about the proposed Northern Pass project that would carry power from Canada through New Hampshire via high-voltage transmission lines.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.