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Dr. Ed Dupont, a retired podiatrist, began paintng in acrylic on paper at age 65. He switched to watercolor after watching the late Ed Whitney conduct a watercolor workshop in City Park in New Orleans. He promptly fell in love with the medium, and for the next 21 years produced hundreds of watercolors. He won numerous awards and sold most of his paintings through French Quarter galleries. For years he taught watercolor through the People's Program in the New Orleans Recreation Department. There is no record of where his paintings ended up, and the few I will display were mostly painted in the twilight of his life when glaucoma had diminished his vision, however his strong sense of color, value, and balance still glow in these paintings. He treasured his French ancestry, and took walking tours across France where he lived as a native because he spoke the language fluently. Ed loved New Orleans, all people, especially the ladies, good food, good wine, and painting. He was a big man with a big heart. He was my friend, my teacher, and I miss him.
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