Artistically Speaking: Angela Hedderick - Painting Her World

Last Updated on Feb 3, 2017 at 10:16am | Arts & Culture

"Artistically Speaking" is a regular feature of The Lake-Front magazine, in cooperation with the Garrett County Arts Council, and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue.
When Cumberland artist Angela Hedderick wakes up in the morning and begins her day, she finds herself surrounded by a vast array of inspiration right in her own little, rural community. She explains that things such as “beautiful mornings, dramatic cloudy skies, and attractive views” can get her creative juices flowing. Once she grows tired of the scenery around her home, she makes her way over to Garrett County for some new inspiration.
Hedderick has always had a deep enthusiasm for art, even in her childhood when she was able to hold a crayon for the first time. However, her artistic career did not begin until she was an adult. For years, her job as a pension actuary and renovating her home had to come before her artwork. It was not until she was in her thirties that she could regularly focus on painting and drawing. 
When asked how she got started, Hedderick replied “A friend was trying to cope with his grandparent’s house being sold and he asked me to draw it as it was in the 1950’s. I put many hours into a large, detailed ink drawing of the house and it was a great success.” Following that piece, she started doing more “home portrait” commissions. She exclaims that she was so happy to be reunited with her oil paints and started painting for her own enjoyment.
Hedderick is primarily self-taught, learning many techniques from books. Two of her favorites, which she highly recommends, are Color and Light by James Gurney and How to Paint like the Old Masters by Joseph Sheppard.
When asked to describe her work, Hedderick says “Realism, impressionism, and . . . ok, sometimes a little fantasy. One comment I have treasured, came when I was hanging a painting in a Cumberland area business and the lady there told me it was like having a new window. I like the idea that my paintings give people the feeling that they’re looking out a window with a beautiful view.”
Hedderick enjoys working primarily in oils, but also likes to take a break from them once in a while and use ink and colored pencil. The artist explains that each medium requires a very different process than the other. She was surprised to find that even when using the same subject for a drawing or painting, the drawing usually takes much longer. When asked what she wants people to know about her artwork, the artist replied “I love commissions. I’ve had a lot of interesting experiences working with people and painting special pieces for them. I’m crazy about that “Oh!” moment when clients see their painting unveiled for the first time.”
Besides her art, Hedderick has many other passions. She loves farming, therefore she likes to incorporate cows into many of her paintings. She grew up on a farm in Allegany County with a creek called Pea Vine Run flowing through it. It was here she made many happy memories as a child. She wanted the same experiences for her own children, so she and her husband started their own small farm neighboring her parents’. She says “You could say I didn’t really move out of my parents’ house, I just swam upstream to spawn.” Their children have now grown up, but the Heddericks still have their farm with a large garden, an orchard, a flock of chickens, and a dairy cow. The artist also enjoys martial arts, attending classes with her daughter.
Hedderick primarily exhibits her work in the Cumberland area, having shown in the Saville and Schwabb galleries, the Arts Place at Puccini’s, and the Gilchrist Museum. She also takes part in the Mountain Maryland Art Sale and Tour each October, a studio tour in the two county region.
Her oil paintings can also be found at Garrett County Arts Council’s Gallery Shop in downtown Oakland. Hedderick got involved with The Gallery Shop after many visits to Swallow Falls State Park and other beautiful spots in Garrett County. A few years ago, she spent three days in Swallow Falls State Park painting the scenery. So it just seemed natural for her to start exhibiting and selling her work in the Garrett County area.
Angela Hedderick is an artist who captures the beauty of the world around her through realistic oil paintings and her keen eye for detail. She suggests “We are all busy people, and often live in a preoccupied state. Our minds are full of lists, worries, and obligations. My job as a painter is to observe the world around us acutely, find the beauty in it, and use those images to remind others to stop and appreciate the little moments. Cows coming to the barn to be fed, ice crystals at the edge of a stream, or redbud blooming in the spring; when you spend a minute with one of my paintings you get to step into my world for just that short space of time. Enjoy!”
For more information about the artist and others, visit The Gallery Shop at 108 South Second Street, Oakland or call us at (301) 334-8139. The Gallery Shop is a project of Garrett County Arts Council, serving the community since 1976. To learn more about GCAC programs or to become supporter of the arts in Garrett County, contact GCAC at 301- 334-6580, visit, or like us on Facebook.