Hugh graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He worked over forty years in the architectural field in Wichita, Kansas, where he still resides. Many of Hugh's paintings reflect his formal training as an architectural delineator. He has a keen eye for composition and color and his landscapes are both nostalgic in their purity and realistic in their execution. Hugh is an artist who is able to paint in a style that is easy for people of all ages to relate to and appreciate. Hugh has just received a Patron Purchase Award and The Wichita Center for the Arts/Kansas Watercolor Society 2013 Cash Award for his painting Flint Hills Sanctuary. Also a First Place Great Plains Nature Center's Art on the Trail 2013 Award. Family Cycle received an award from the 2013 National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic Inc. hosted by The Salmangundi Club. Watercolor Missouri International 2013 has honored Hugh with it's prestigious "Missouri Artist Award" for his painting Mystery Road. Indian Summer Takes a Turn was awarded Best of Show in the Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2012. He also received a First Place Award for his painting Days End Aglow from the Missouri Watercolor Society's National Members' Invitational 2012. In 2011, he received the Watercolor Missouri National's "Board of Directors Award" for his painting Little Chapel. He was also awarded the 2010 "Award of Excellence" (Best of Show) from the Watercolor Missouri National for his painting Posts. Hugh's entry in the Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2009, Upper Fox Creek, received a Purchase Award and a Cash Award. The Friends of the Kansas Watercolor Society chose Upper Fox Creek as the recipient of their Cash Award. Also in 2009, he received "The Sutherland Lumber Co. Award" from the Watercolor Missouri National 2009 for his painting Family Cycle. He received the "George Latta Memorial Award" from the 2008 Watercolor Missouri National show for his painting Greenwood County Winter. In 2007, he was honored with a cash award from the Kansas Watercolor Society "Winter Invitational" for his painting River Town. In 2006, Hugh received the H K Holbein Award from the Missouri Watercolor Society Members' Invitational show.