The practicing dentist from Bartlett, Tenn., is exhibiting a collection of watercolor paintings at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery through Nov. 9. An opening reception for the new featured exhibit is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
All completed in 2013, the paintings are a varied bunch with landscapes, scenes from Paris and images of trout fishing. The Corinth exhibit resulted from a visit by he and his wife, Tammie, to the art gallery.
Centerpieces of the exhibit include “Riding Champs,” a highly detailed rendering of Tour de France bicyclists circling the Champs Élysées, and “A Reflective Heart,” a still life of old colored bottles and glassware that is a particular favorite of Guild President Sonny Boatman.
“He is really quite in charge of his medium,” said Boatman. “This realistic painting of the bottles seems, in a way, very abstract, because it’s an exercise in color and the colors overlapping to create new colors.”
He is also a big fan of the fishing images, including the colorful “Reflective Rainbow Trout” and the hooked fish in “A Fin and a Prayer.”
Hacker, who began studying art and painting while in high school, likes to get people to see something more in nature with his work. It’s about capturing “expression, mood and feeling, that something extra that you experience when you see something,” he said. “I am trying to communicate that something extra so you can join me on that experiential journey.”
Hacker is associated with the Memphis-Germantown Art League, Mississippi Watercolor Society and Tennessee Watercolor Society, among others. In 2011, he received the Westy Award from the Bartlett Arts Commission for his support of the visual and performing arts in the Bartlett community.
He frequently shows his painting techniques in workshops with art groups.
Prints of the work are available. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 507 Cruise Street.