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Lived/Active: Connecticut/Rhode Island      Known for: portrait and landscape painting, illustration, teaching

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Following is the obituary of the artist, courtesy Madelaine Lawrence

Foster Caddell August 2, 1921 - June 2, 2013 Voluntown - Foster Caddell, 91, of Voluntown, passed away at his home/studio, "Northlight", on Sunday June 2, 2013. He was born in Pawtucket, RI on August 2, 1921, the only child of the late Clara (Bamford) and Foster Bradley Caddell. He is survived by his beloved mate, Gail (Merchant) Caddell. They were married February 14, 1993, at the home of close friends in Gate City, VA. Foster was previously married to June Kaufmann who predeceased him in 1989. Foster spent his entire life pursuing his passion for painting.

He started sketching and drawing while still in grade school and continued through high school. After graduation, he became employed at the Providence Lithograph Company in RI. During WWII, he was assigned as an artist and spent 18 months of his three-year service, within the United States Army Air Corps, sketching and painting throughout the Pacific. After the war, Foster returned to work as a lithographer, but ultimately turned to free lance illustration, preferring to work for himself.

He continued to pursue "fine art" projects, nights and weekends. Then living in Voluntown, CT, he was asked to teach by aspiring local artists familiar with his work. Before long, he was the owner and CEO of the largest private art school in southern New England. He retired in 2006.

In 1974 the editor of American Artist suggested that he write an art instruction book. He embarked on writing Keys to Successful Landscape Painting. This book was followed by Keys to Successful Color and Keys to Painting Better Portraits. In 1993, he wrote a revision of his first book, which was retitled Foster Caddell's Keys to Successful Landscape Painting.

In addition to these accomplishments, Foster has gained great renown as a portrait artist. He portrayed many famous people from around northeast Connecticut, including Senator Thomas J. Dodd and his son Christopher J. Dodd, senior Senator from Connecticut.

In addition to his wife Gail, Foster is survived by Gail's daughter Cherie LeBlanc Fisher, husband Charles Fisher, and daughter Olivia of Stow, Dane LeBlanc, wife Kelly Plourde LeBlanc and infant son Joseph Raymond of Waterford, and his most special friend of 60 years, Dr. Albert G. Gosselin of Lisbon.

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Foster Caddell developed a strong interest in drawing, in childhood, and has been fortunate to have been involved in art his entire life. At seventeen he joined the art department of a lithograph company. In World War II he did poster and propaganda work. He returned to the lithograph company after the war, but at age 30 decided to try freelance work.

He did illustrations for juvenile and school books, as well as paintings for many religions. Local people asked him to teach art lessons; his classes started with four students and grew to be the largest privately owned art school in New England. Consequently, many magazine articles were written about him, and eventually he himself wrote four instructional painting books. He has done portraits of many prominent business and government figures.

Mr. Caddell began working with pastel in the 1950's when it was still a 'much neglected' medium, and as a master pastelist was inducted into the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame in 1998. He is as adept at portraiture as he is landscapes and still life.

He continues to teach classes, part time, at his Connecticut school, and workshops on a selective basis. in this country and abroad.

"Foster Caddell", Pastel Society of America, (Accessed 6/10/2013)

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