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Lawrence Hughes

         I've been making woodblock prints for about 30 years. I did not show publicly, though, until 2018 when I decided to enter "Brand 46: Works on Paper", an annual national juried exhibition. Two of my three prints were accepted into the exhibit. One of those prints won the Robert Brown Award. Since then I've been included in five exhibits with a total of twelve images being shown publicly. 

          My prints are made with wood from the local lumber yard's remnants wood bin. This gives me the raw quality I'm looking for in my images. Many of my images are portraits of friends done usually from memory, but I also portray political and social issues such as white collar criminality and homelessness. 

         I use oil based ink on Rives paper, 26"x19". The images vary in size from 9"x7" to about 20"x14". 

         I received my Bachelor of Music degree from CSUN and my Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music. I have been a professional free-lance musician in the greater Los Angeles area for 35 years performing in all the major venues; Broadway shows, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters, and some film scores for major movies. I am featured as a guest soloist on Nick Ariondo's solo CD "Trilucence", available on CD Baby.  I'm also on the faculty of Pasadena City College and Occidental College where I have been teaching clarinet and saxophone for over 25 years. 

         Most of my inspiration and love of music and art came from two people. While at CSUN, my clarinet teacher and mentor, Roy D'Antonio, once said to me, "Larry, it's only about 5%, maybe 10%, talent and the rest is just hard work." And also while at CSUN I took a drawing class with Hans Burkhardt. Mr. Burkhardt would hire a model for us to draw. Anyone could go to the class even if you weren't registered. It was fascinating to watch him draw, usually with pastels. The figure would appear, then morph into a landscape. One day I was sitting on a bench between classes and Mr. Burkhardt was walking my way. I said "hello" and he sat down with me and we chatted for a short time. He said, "I haven't painted my masterpiece yet. But, you know, it's only 5%, maybe 10%, talent and the rest is hard work. So I'll keep trying." I was blown away. A great artist, two great artists, from different disciplines saying the exact same thing. This has stuck with me for 39 years.