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Artist Ewing unveils Ken Salazar painting

Posted: Thursday, Apr 25th, 2013

Unveiling Charles Ewingís portrait in Secretary Salazarís office, US Dept. of the Interior are from left Charles Ewing, Kenís wife, Hope and Ken Salazar. Photo by Tami Heilmann

VALLEY ó Colorado artist Charles Ewing was recently honored for his oil portrait of the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, a work commissioned last year by The United States Department of Interior. This painting was unveiled March 26th during a special farewell event commemorating Secretary Salazarís service over the last few years.

Charles has known Kenís family for many years, living just a few miles south of his family home near Manassa.

Charles said, ďIt was a great honor and privilege, not to mention quite a challenge, to be asked by such an accomplished statesman as well as a good friend and neighbor to portray even a small portion of all that his life represents in a single painting!Ē The result is now hanging in the Dept. of Interior building in Washington, DC in a hall near the Secretaryís office along with the portraits done by other artists of several previous secretaries.

An interesting note is that the art panel used for this painting. GessoBord, was manufactured by Ampersand Art Supply, an Austin, Texas company founded by Ewing and Elaine Salazar, Kenís sister, currently the president and CEO of this company.

Charles still lives and works in his home/studio in the rural farmland between Antonito and Manassa. He recently opened a small gallery in Antonito where some of his work may be seen. Additional work may be seen on his website: www.charlesewing.com.

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