Ted Genard, a native of Connecticut now residing in Uncasville, graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1965 and Thames Valley State Technical Institute (now Three Rivers) in 1967 with an Associate’s Degree in Tool and Manufacturing Technology. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney in a metallurgical research lab until 1969 when he joined the USN Submarine Service and served aboard the Navy’s last diesel boat, the USS Blueback SS581. Ted returned to Pratt & Whitney in 1971 and soon became an avid sailor. In 1981 he left Pratt to sail to the Caribbean with future wife Karin Hagelin on their 28-foot sloop Sea Foam. The Genards were married in 1983 and continued working together aboard charter and private yachts for several years, Ted as full-time USCG-licensed captain and his wife as mate and cook, for most of the next six years. After moving ashore Ted retired from Thomas Faria Corp. in Uncasville where he was Customer Service Manager.
Among his hobbies are sailing, cooking, drumming, and motorcycling. His wife started their art collecting on their first wedding anniversary with a guache of Chesapeake Bay Skipjack oyster boats (America’s last surviving working sail vessels) and they add to the collection annually on anniversaries. As their collection of artwork grew, so did Ted’s interest in creating his own art. After taking an introductory to art class several years ago at the Granite St. Gallery in New London, Ted began taking lessons in the early spring of 2006 studying oil portraiture and figure drawing under Christopher Zhang, Jack Monmeat and most recently Claudia Post and has been striving to expand his horizons since.
Ted is also interested in photography and won First Prize and an Honorable Mention for his photography in the 2007 Rose City Renaissance’s “Photographing Norwich” contest and an Honorable mention in Mystic Arts Center "Photo Show 31". Ted is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art. He is a member of the Slater Museum in Norwich, the Lyme Art Association, Hygienic Art Inc., Norwich Art Center and New Britain Museum of American Art. He has hung digital imagery, photos, pencil drawings and oils in various juried shows including the prestigious Salmagundi club in NYC.
Past president of New London Art Students League Ted is staying true to his desire to improve skills, technique and develop his style in various media, primarily oil on canvas and graphite and charcoal on paper.