Ed's Interview with Koi Usa Magazine
The following article was published in the September/October 2004
issue of Koi USA Magazine, the worldwide magazine for koi enthusiasts.
About the Artist
Edward R. Champigny is a Vietnam Veteran who flew over 150 combat missions,
was shot down three times, and was missing in action. He was awarded
a 6th air medal with valor for saving 35 soldiers' lives during
one of his missions. While
in a VA hospital, a fellow veteran told Ed about a koi pond he had.
Ed got a book about koi ponds and spoke to everyone who knew anything
about them. Intrigued by their colors, Ed was determined to learn
more about koi and some day have a pond of his own. "I have to say
they are my therapy because the memories of Vietnam are not allowed
in this place," shares Ed while sitting next to the largest of his
three ponds. Upon his release from the hospital, Champigny attended
Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) and studied art and
aquaculture for four years.
home and studio is in Feeding Hills,
Massachusetts. Edward is surrounded by
Japanese gardens and ponds swimming with
Japanese koi (Nishikigoi). Edward's work
expresses how koi are believed to reflect the
emotion and love of the people around
Fish Farms invited Edward to tour its breeding facilities in Japan.
While there, he learned how to breed and raise the world champion
prints are available by calling Edward Champigny
at (413) 821-9319. Edward is proud to have
relationships with champion Koi breeders who
wish to see their works of art become part of
Ed's paintings. Many of the paintings are
available as cards as well as 16"x20"
canvases. "It is my desire that the
satisfaction derived from keeping koi, as well as
the love of fine art, will be reflected in all
Kimmy-Koi Art for the enjoyment and pleasure of
everyone." Ed Champigny
Published in Koi USA Magazine - September/October 2004
See also: Ed's Interview
with Koi Carp Magazine in Britain