Chet Reneson (b. 1934) Duck Hunting signed "Reneson" lower left acrylic on board, 17 by 29 3/4 in.
Chet Reneson graduated from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1960. Reneson's art teacher, Henrik Mayer, emphasized the importance of simplicity and taught the values of light, dark, and strong. This laid the foundation for Reneson's unmistakable style. For the past fifty years, Reneson’s painting has remained true to his early mentor’s teaching, encompassing many subjects, including wildlife, duck hunting, upland bird shooting, big game fishing, fly fishing, and Bahamian scenes. Reneson’s work has graced the covers of "Sporting Classics," "Gray’s Sporting Journal," and "Sports Afield," among others. He is a past member of the Connecticut Watercolor Association and the Old Lyme Art Association. He was the Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year in 1982, the Atlantic Salmon Federation Artist of the Year in 1982 and 2001, and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Artist of the Year in 2018. There are two books published on Reneson's work, "Shadow on the Flats" and "The Watercolors of Chet Reneson."
While Reneson is known primarily for his watercolors, he has produced several dozen acrylics in his lifetime, including these rare large-scale works.
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