Hugh Skibbens has been tackling the challenging medium of watercolor since 1975. Fostering an interest in art since early childhood, Hugh's subject matter quickly became the familiar scenes of the Midwest.
Landscapes of stately trees, aging barns and weathered fences most often found their way to his paper. The earth tones and rural scenes most often depicted give Hugh's work a uniquely serene quality. Captured with realistic accuracy, a vanishing country side and era is preserved, to carry us away from the business of daily life. The close attention to detail displays his love for, and mastery of the medium.
Hugh's professional career currently consists of commissioned house portraits. These finely detailed paintings are unique treasures for homeowners, evoking years of memories. These original pieces of art are treasured by family members for generations and have included not only homes, but pets, boats, motorcycles, trains and more.
Expanding his career, Mr. Skibbens regularly gives watercolor demonstrations
throughout the Midwest. Programs are done for every age group from elementary school assemblies, to seniors, retirement communities and civic groups. Audiences are captivated as a painting unfolds in front of them through the magic of watercolor.