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George Edwards Artist

Essex, MD

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About George Edwards Artist

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Artist George V. Edwards is a versatile artist. He does a variety of art mediums, mainly concerned with the depiction of the human face and its features and expressions, whether it be caricatures, paintings, drawings, or photography. He does serious portraits in oil, pastel, and charcoal. Other services are framing pictures and digital art. Caricatures and portraits of people can be created from photographs supplied by the customer or taken by the artist if the subject is available. Samples of his work can be seen on his Thumbtack profile page.

Caricature of live subjects at parties, conventions, etc., are $60 an hour, with a two hour minimum (there may be a travel charge the location is not local to my area). Of course that $120 could be only one hour if you want, many places charge more than that for one hour, but so far everyone has requested the two hours. Events include weddings, corporate picnics, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, proms, receptions, graduations, fairs, just about any reason you can think of for getting a bunch of people together and having entertainment. Many jobs through Thumbtack are of this nature. Caricature samples on theThumbtack profile page are visible as are reviews by previous clients.

Photography includes portrait, landscape, and architectural. Samples of photography are on Thumbtack on the profile page, they can be seen by scrolling down the page near the bottom.
Portrait painting includes Oil Paintings, a 16x20 canvas starts at $350, more than one person or a larger size would be extra. Pastels are in color, they start at $185, a little smaller image, so that it has room to be matted and fit into a 16x20 frame. Charcoals are black and white drawings, starting at $120, the same size as Pastels. Charcoals and Pastels are done on art paper but should be framed under glass for the best display and protection. I include with the Pastel and Charcoals a plastic covering and backing board for protection untill you get you get it framed. I can also provide framing services if you desire, a 16x20 metal frame, is $60 additional, includes glass, matting, backing, etc., ready to hang. Wood frames start at $80. Portrait painting samples are on his Thumbtack profile page, seen by scrolling down to the middle of the picture samples.

Other subjects such as landscapes are done frequently besides the face, George is the top selling photographer at the Art Gallery of
Fells Point where he sell photographs mainly of the Fells Point area.

George has a BFA college degree (in Fine Art) from the Maryland Institute of Art and has made his living for 30 years from his art.

Location

58 Skipjack Court, Essex, Md.
Essex, MD 21221

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  • 5/5 stars October 8, 2014

    A real good artist and very professional

  • 5/5 stars October 6, 2014

    He did an excellent job with the caricatures and even stayed beyond the scheduled time to finish up the last few people. Would definitely use again!

  • 5/5 stars September 21, 2014

    George was excellent to work with. He arrived on time. His work was wonderful. I was pleased to have him at my reception.

  • 5/5 stars August 20, 2014

    We hired George to be the caricaturist out our wedding reception. He offered us a great deal and had the best examples of work out of all the bids I received on Thumbtack. I threw in some extra bucks for parking because we had the wedding on a riverboat in Old Town Alexandria where garages are the best option.

    He drew for about 3 hours, always had a wedding guest or two at his station, and was a popular highlight at the reception.

    My husband and I unfortunately didn't have time to sit and get our wedding caricature portrait done, but I did see other guests drawings and they were spot on with facial features and fun quirky embellishments. Everyone who was drawn told me how awesome the session was and how much they loved their caricature favor.

    I would recommend him as the go-to caricaturist for the DC/MD/VA area!

  • 5/5 stars August 19, 2014

    George was great! He came early and stayed late because so many people wanted to have their "portrait" done. He did babies through old folks and everyone was happy with their personal addition to their art collections as reminders of our 50th anniversary.

  • 5/5 stars August 7, 2014

    George did a great job at our party! He was prompt, friendly, and his drawings were wonderful. I would hire him again!

  • 4/5 stars April 20, 2014

  • 5/5 stars March 9, 2014

    George was wonderful to have at my wedding. Many people got their caricature drawn, and there was always a line for people wanting more. He was very kind to stay late so that my husband and I could also get our drawing also.

  • 5/5 stars March 1, 2014

    I wish I had more stars......George was patient talented and professional. Children and adults at my event were impressed with the caricatures and I think most party goers left with a picture......

  • 5/5 stars February 16, 2014

  • 4/5 stars February 13, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 1, 2014

    George was a wonderful additionall for our New Years Eve party,
    He was was very professional and guests stood in line for hours. All were extremely pleased with his work.

  • 5/5 stars November 22, 2013

    Veryone loved their drawings and I was able to extend his services last min.

    thank you

  • 5/5 stars October 30, 2013

    George did some caricature portraits for our employee appreciation day. He was very professional, thorough, and very detailed. He even stayed longer then our agreed time to make sure everyone had a chance to get a portrait done! Awesome guy, and we'll definitely work with him again during our next event!

  • 5/5 stars October 27, 2013

    Mr Edwards was very professional, great with the kids and the crowd loved him! I would hire him again and definitely recommend him!

  • 5/5 stars September 15, 2013

    George was great. His artwork was amazing and he even stayed late to make sure everyone who wanted a Caricature recieved one. I highly recommend him.
    Rob

  • 5/5 stars August 11, 2013

    George did a fantastic job at our annual church picnic. Thank you George for your stellar work and professionalism.

  • 5/5 stars July 28, 2013

    George was very nice and even donated some extra time. We would definetly use him again.

  • 5/5 stars July 21, 2013

    George was remarkable! He made our event something to remember and all our family simply loved the pictures he drew! If you are looking for a way to make your party or event something special, I highly recommend adding George!

  • 5/5 stars June 9, 2013

    Awesome! Did great with all ages everyone loved his work. He was friendly and the artwork actually looked like the people.

  • 5/5 stars May 15, 2013

    Great Job and great to work with.

  • 5/5 stars May 5, 2013

    George is outstanding!! He worked for nearly 5 hours to draw pictures for all of the kids at our party. Everyone left with a huge smile on his/her face after seeing their portrait. He was prompt, focused and took pride in his work. I would definitely recommend George and will use him in the future.

  • 5/5 stars March 25, 2013

  • 5/5 stars March 11, 2013

    He was truly a blessing & gift to our party. Although the party had a slow start due to other unforeseen issues. Regardless, he was very patient and went above and beyond to make it fun for the children. He stayed till everyone got their caricature done. Thank you so much George! Your passion shows through your work and look forward to working with you in the future.

  • 5/5 stars March 3, 2013

    George is awesome. He did my daughter's 10th birthday party and everyone loved him. His work is awesome!!!!! If you are looking a great artist, hire him you will not be disappointed :-) I will definitely hire him again in the future.

  • 5/5 stars February 18, 2013

    Mr. Edwards did a outstanding job and I plan on having him back on a regular basics at my school. Very Professional.

  • 5/5 stars February 14, 2013

    Thank you so much for the work you provided for my sons party! The caricatures were a big hit and the children enjoyed them. The work was phenomenal and the patience to deal with the children is wonderful! It was a pleasure to work with you and I will be in touch. I will definitely recommend you to any one who is in need of a caricature artist. Thank you so much for the work you provided. It is greatly appreciated!

  • 5/5 stars January 28, 2013

    We loved having George at our party. The guest really had a great time watching all the wonderful caricatures being done. Each drawing was personalized and closely resembled the person. Everyone from 2 to 70 enjoyed there special work of art .George arrived promptly and worked all night even stayed a few extra minutes to draw the last request. We are happy we found George and really enjoyed his quality service. This offered a special treat to our family and friends.

  • 5/5 stars January 6, 2013

    It was such a pleasure having Mr. George Edwards be apart of my sons 6th birthday party yesterday Jan 6, 2013. He is very skilled and talented in what he does. Everyone loved getting their picture drawn, even me!! He is extremely recommended when this type of service is requested. I give him an infinite A+!! Thanks again George and I am sure you will be hearing from me for more portraits.

  • 5/5 stars January 2, 2013

    I'm very happy I chose George to do caricatures for my wedding. He was very easy to get ahold of whenever I had questions about the day and was very friendly through out everything. I think he did a fantastic job at the wedding and I would definitely higher him again.

  • 5/5 stars October 15, 2012

    George is amazing! His work was terrific, my guest we truly amazed by George's talent as was I. I would book him again any day and I will certainly recommend his work. Thank you George & keep up the good work!

    Sincerely,
    A very happy customer

  • 4/5 stars July 30, 2012

    Everyone was very pleased with the Caricature artist, It was a highlight of the picnic

  • 5/5 stars June 27, 2012

    George did such a great job! He was professional, very reasonably priced and very patient with everyone. The kids loved his work! I would recommend him as I would definitely hire him again! Thanks, George!

  • 5/5 stars June 16, 2012

    He is such a pleasure to work with. He's a great artist. I highly recommend George. HE IS THE BEST!!!!!

  • 5/5 stars May 22, 2012

    You won't find a better photgrapher in t/Baltimore area especially when you figure in George's $rate which is by far the best around these parts for someone of his experience & expertise.-Thanks again George for the fine work & putting up w/my kibitzing! Just remember to cue up some nice relaxing Chopin, it brings out t/best in him.

  • 5/5 stars February 27, 2012

    George was excellent!!! He did Caritacurte at my daughters first birthday. Everyone enjoyed him work and even asked me for his contact information. He was on time very friendly and professional with our guest. I would highly recommend George!!!

  • 5/5 stars December 5, 2011

    GREAT ARTIST, DOES AWESOME WORK!!! Very easy to work with. Keeps you updated on every step of the way. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

  • 4/5 stars October 18, 2011

    George did a great job! It was very nice to work with. I would recommend him to my friends and hire him again.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I am usually asked to travel to meet a customer, and when doing party caricatures, I bring my easel, and drawing,
equipment, and lights if necessary, and set up to draw people on the spot. Otherwise I will draw from a photograph of the subject for gift caricatures or portrait paintings.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Recently worked for Del Ray Memorial Church in Alexandria, Va, as a promotion during an arts festival in the same area. A Company picnic by Alfred Wolz in Rocks State Park, Md., and I have worked on several occassions for special events for the YWCA on 33rd St. in Baltimore. I also did a gift caricature for the American Automobile Auction Association in Frederick Md. of 5 people for their office.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. View samples of the artists work to be sure of what style to expect.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Background of the artist,

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. How many years of experience?
Is it a hobby or full-time professional?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. How much money are they willing to spend?
Have they allowed enough time for the artist to do quality work?
Have they considered the medium of the commission, oil painting, pastel, charcoal, etc.?
Have they found a good detailed photo of the subject for the artist to work from?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I concentrate on getting the face to be recognizable of the person I am drawing, often with other artists I hear customers say it doesn't look like them. I take a little more time with my portrait work and have more detail. My caricatures do not use goofiness to mask a bad likeness.
I use quality, archival materials like thicker paper than most caricature artists who use the cheapest materials available.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I like the interaction with live subjects when doing party caricatures, and I like parties! I like traveling. I grew up in a family of artists, so it seems to be in my blood, I don't think I could be happy in any other job. I just love to be creative and make pictures, whether it be caricatures, portraits, or photography.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. The comment I hear most from customers is that the other artist did good work technically but that they didn't think it looked like them, and that my portrayal
actually 'caught' the person.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I come from a family of artists. My father used to draw on the boardwalk in Ocean City Maryland. He taught art at Southern High School in Baltimore, and introduced me to Irv Finifter who was also an art teacher their, who had a shop on the boardwalk in OC for portraits and caricatures and I worked there for 6 summers learning the trade..

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I did some charcoal drawings for a customer who came here from India originally. They were three different angles of a beautiful woman with Indian features, she looked just like my type of 'dream girl' with long, straight, dark hair and dark eyes and fair skin. I really gave it my all because I do get inspired to draw a beautiful woman, my favorite subject. The charcoal had just a few touches of bright color, some red and blue, which made it unique among all the charcoals I had ever done, but the customer had specifically requested it so I accomodated his request.

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