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Bennington artist makes his mark

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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.

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