Chick Huettel, known as the “Tennessee River painter”, painted along the Tennessee River for 30 years before moving to Florida. His honorary title was bestowed upon him by the 90th Tennessee Legislature General Assembly for the preservation of a part of the state’s heritage.
While attending the Memphis Academy of Arts and studying the English masters, Turner and Constable, plus the various impressionists, he evolved into his own style. His landscape work lends itself to the traditional style of balance and color, but he also enjoys doing humorous works and the early British artists, Cruikshank and Rowlandson, are his mentors. “People are so funny at times and they don’t even know it.” He also does pottery and sculpture.
Today, Chick’s studio overlooks the expanse of the Choctawhatchee Bay located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. There he paints fishermen, crab men, oystermen, plus the never ending kaleidoscope of atmospheres with its companion wildlife.