The information for this entry was submitted in July of 2006 by Jim Blum, past president of the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden, Connecticut. He is a friend of the artist whom he interviewed in December of 2005.
Earl is primarly self- taught. He studied at the Art Student League under Hosip Zenken and attended workshops by Helen Van Wcyk at her studio. Earl took a interest in art at 14 years old and since that time has created in various mediums. His artwork is influenced by Emile A. Gruppe and Helen Van Wcyk.
Earl Bushnell was born in 1922 in New London Connecticut. He moved to Meriden Connecticut as a child and called Meriden his home ever since. He was married for 53 years to Dorothy Goss and had two daughters Geri and Diane. He went to the Wilcox Technical school and learned Die Cutting. Earl served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 to 1945, and after that he went to work for the International Silver Co. making ornamental Dies. In 1952 he had started a business called The Jade Die Co. Earl retired in 1979.
Earl is a member of the Arts & Crafts Association of Meriden, The Rockport Art Association,The Northshore Art Association, The Clinton Art Association, Lyme Art Association and the Hamden Art Association.
He has exhibited at all the associations he was a member of. He also exhibited at the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, won the People's Choice Award at the Rockport Art Association, and numerous awards at the Meriden, Clinton, and Hamden Art Associations.
Additional note from the Record Journal 12/18/2006:
Earl L. Bushnell passed away at his home in Meriden on December 16, 2006.