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Ed Araquel was already a first prize winner while a student at Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis Minnesota. One of his paintings was chosen for the school’s permanent collection. He further studied and attended workshops and seminars under two of America’s foremost portrait painters - John Howard Sanden and Daniel Greene. He also studied watercolours under Zoltan Szabo.

In 1969 Ed Araquel established his own art & sign studio where he designed and produced award-winning displays and exhibits. He also taught commercial art and signwriting at Mohawk College.

He joined Consolidated Bathurst Packaging Ltd as art Supervisor in 1976 and remained there until 1991 . Ed Araquel has won several awards in almost all media - oils, watercolours and pastels, in various subjects - portraits, still-lifes and landscapes.

In the 2002 Sooke Fine Arts Juried Show, he won the Best From Sooke Award, and the Jurors Choice Award. Ed won the Jurors Choice Award again in 2004 and has been consistently an award-winner at Federation Of Canadian Artist's Juried Shows.

Ed now lives in Victoria, British Columbia and paints the places and faces of Southern Vancouver Island and also conducts workshops in portraits, watercolours and calligraphy. His paintings are in many galleries around Vancouver Island and Ontario.
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