Lewis Hinely is a retired Medical Illustrator who is now enjoying painting landscapes. He remembers first learning basic drawing concepts of linear and aerial perspective from a Saturday morning TV show that ended when he was in the first grade. He began figure drawing at twelve and still life and portrait painting in oils at thirteen years old. He learned about medical illustration as a career path as a freshman in high school through his art and biology teachers in Augusta, Georgia. After high school he attended the University of Georgia where he was encouraged and mentored by Lamar Dodd, Chairman of UGA Department of Art for forty plus years, to pursue the medical illustration path. After two years at UGA, Lewis applied for and gained admission to the Medical Illustration Program at the Medical College of Georgia. There, he studied under Orville Parkes, a student of Max Broedel, the father of modern medical illustration, at Johns Hopkins University.
After completing BS and MS degrees, Hinely embarked on a career at the School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia. Working there, he produced illustrations for teaching materials in video, slides, books, journals, and research presentations. He also was involved in creating facial prosthetics for patients who had lost noses, ears, or eyes to disease or trauma. He produced anatomical models for both medical and dental faculty to use in teaching and taught 3D Techniques to Medical Illustration graduate students for many years.
During his active time as a Medical Illustrator, Lewis maintained an interest in other art forms, studying print making as well as doing paintings in acrylic and watercolor. He also enjoyed painting occasional portraits. After retiring from the Medical College, he served as color consultant for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry for more than five years. In that capacity, he checked each monthly issue as it was being printed to assure the quality of the clinical photography.
Hinely and his wife live now in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains where he maintains a painting studio in his home. His current concentration is on landscapes inspired by the local area in addition to sights encountered during their travels. Lewis is an active member and currently President of the North Georgia Arts Guild in Clayton, GA. He also exhibits at the Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center at Sautee Nacoochee, GA and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, GA.