Brian Hester defines himself as an angling painter and sculptor with a developed passion and intellect for fly-fishing. Hester is an art teacher at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC and has decades of experience both teaching and creating visual art. He creates unconventional viewpoints in his art based on his experience as a spectator while fly-fishing. He communicates in his work the fight of the fish on the hook and what that energy exudes for him.
What no one realizes is I have spent my early life/career immersing myself in understanding the anatomical structure of fish, characteristics, proportion, movement(s) to the point where I can create pretty much any look I need. I understand a limited amount of light and shadows, reflection and refraction enough to get me in trouble so I build each painting and sculpture solely out of my head. That way no one, I repeat, no one can say I copied work or borrowed this or that from someone else. Yeah, of course you get inspiration from other painters and sculptors but what is it that you the artist, (me the artist) is doing to separate yourself/myself from the pack?
“That’s what I want to be known for, being out of the box with believable, intentional innovation even though I make every bit of it up.”