Foster Caddell of Voluntown, CT was known for his many portraits and landscapes and as a skilled illustrator. He was also an educator and author of instructional art books.
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 he turned to freelance illustration and painting, preferring to work for himself.
He attended Rhode Island School of Design from 1940-1943 and furthered his education with private instruction from Robert Brackman, Guy Wiggins, and Peter Heleck.
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.
His professional memberships include the Lyme Art Association where he was the president, Salmagundi Club, Providence Art Club, Mystic Art Association, Washington Society Portrait Artist, Pastel Society of America and International Society of America, and the International Society Portrait Artist.
Foster Caddell’s one man shows include Providence Art Club (RI) 1948 & 1963, South County Art Association (RI) 1967, the Slater Museum (CT), and the Heritage Plantation (MA) 1985.
Caddell was included in numerous group shows throughout his career including; Springfield Museum of Fine Arts (MA) 1962 & 1977, American Watercolor Society 1973, National Academy of Design 1973, American Artist Professional League 1953, 1971, 1972, 1989, 1990,1991, the Slater Museum 1975, Providence Art Club, Brown University 1995, Beijing Academy of Fine Arts 1997, Lyme Art Association, and the Mystic Art Association.
His work is included in the museum collections of RISD and the Slater Museum