Ed Herbes (1916-1990), "Loring Peaches", 1986, oil on board, 16 x 24", frame: 20 x 28"
Ed Herbes went from "fighter pilot" to "fine art" As Colonel Herbes he retired in 1965 from the regular commissioned ranks of the U.S. Air Force after a career as planner, commander and jet pilot; and then began a second career as an artist. Throughout his life he has been interested in fine art in its broadest form; paintings, architecture, landscaping, commercial design, etc. To him, any design that increased functional efficiency and improved the esthetic appearance at the same time was a great and exciting step forward in making the world a better place in which to live; and it is this he applies to his oil paintings. He uses techniques of the Flemish Old Masters, and is committed to creating paintings large or small with striking composition, depth of color, detail and overall impact. With limited output, he strives for precise execution of his paintings. In the first juried show he entered, Herbes won first prize in professional oil painting. He won third place in oil painting in the Presidents Outdoor Art Fair, Washington, D.C. in 1968. Colonel Herbes went through pilot training at Randolph Field and Kelly in 1938, was greatly attracted to the city of San Antonio and returned to Texas to make his home.