Throughout thirty-plus years pursuing a successful career in broadcasting, W.E. Pugh never lost his love of art. All the time he was running those radio stations, he continued to experiment in various media including watercolor, oil, screen printing, acrylic, and sculpture. His work has sold privately to collectors across the country. In 2004, W.E. committed full time to painting.
Born in 1954, under his grandmother's influence, he attended the Zanesville Art Institute in his Ohio hometown, which set the stage for his dream of becoming an artist.Pugh entered formal art training at Defiance College in 1972 and a year later was accepted to the Central Academy of Commercial Design. He transferred to the University of Dayton and majored in Performing and Visual Arts. At Dayton, he discovered radio. Starting as an on-air DJ for the University of Dayton campus radio station WVUD, Pugh quickly became a sought-out national talent and was soon hired full-time in Columbus, Ohio. Over the course of his broadcasting career, Pugh evolved into an on-air talent, program director and leader in America's largest radio markets. Now, however, Pugh has left radio to live full-time in the world of art. His focus has been abstract compositions in acrylics, but he continues to experiment, grow and evolve, both as an artist and human being. Pugh lives in Savannah, Georgia with his wife.
Joel Selvin 2018; San Francisco