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Painting created by pharmacy student Brad Hobart on display at art show in Ebling Library

“Baldwin,” by Brad Hobart, Acrylic & Gloss
“Baldwin,” by Brad Hobart, Acrylic & Gloss

The art of pharmacy student Brad Hobart, a painting that depicts a Betta fish titled “Baldwin,” is featured in this year’s eighth annual Health Sciences Student Art Show. Hobart’s painting and work from other students is on display from April 10 to May 9 in the Historical Reading Room and Third Floor Gallery of Ebling Library.

Hobart used acrylic paint and gloss on canvas and a discrete color scheme of short strokes to achieve detail on the body. According to Hobart, this style is coupled with a series of long blended stokes of the blue-green variety to accomplish a “flowing” theme reflecting the nature of fins.

“Most of my paintings are consistent with this style and animal motif and are always inspired by the animals themselves. Whether it be their majesty, personality, or lifestyle, my subjects intrigue me long before I formulate a design. In this way, beauty is rooted in the animal rather than in brush strokes,” said Hobart.

According to Hobart, he began painting in January 2013 and his art has been an “ongoing experiment” since.

“I have not had any formal art schooling, so I’m constantly learning on the job. Each painting has been a tale of discovery, error, and achievement. I am delighted to have finally found this great passion, and I look forward to filling up my walls with color and life,” said Hobart.

The Health Sciences Student Art Show kicked-off its nearly month long run with an opening reception on Thursday, April 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. In addition to Hobart, students from the School of Occupational Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, and School of Medicine & Public Health have submitted photographs, ceramic work, paintings, prints, and stained glass for this year’s show. Some of the pieces are also for sale.