Piece description from the artist
“Santorini Dreaming” oil on canvas, 12” x 16” by Hilary J. England
With the lockdowns not seemingly going anywhere soon, and the ability to travel severely inhibited, I’ve started dreaming of all the places I’ve visited in my life, and lately, my mind’s eye has been turning to Santorini, Greece, and the surreal beauty of it. Since I can’t visit there, I’ve started painting these places, from my mind’s eye — what I remember, and how I see it now, in my memories.
I will continue to do a series of paintings from my memories of travel, all the beautiful and exotic places, and how I internalized them, the color, the feelings, and what stuck out to me.
This is the first one I finished:
Hilary J. England was born in Brooklyn, NY and has studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League of New York. She has since exhibited at various galleries in New York, Pennsylvania and across Europe, and is collected internationally. She currently resides and works in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Her past body of work explored the transition of contemporary youth into adulthood, and the spectrum of emotion and issues involved with that shift. “In the examination of this subject, I am addressing the effects of single parenthood and poverty on young adults and children in rural America. The teens/young adults in these paintings are all products of single parent families, and have struggled with the complications associated with that. They suffer from particular issues that are exclusive to them alone due to their circumstances, yet they also share universal ‘coming of age’ concerns that are common to all people and cultures. I use a bold palette, naïve approach to color, line, and skewed perspective to attempt to show the alienation and confusion between traditional childhood values we espouse as a society, and the new marginalized norm and divide they are actually experiencing.”
Current works and ongoing series explore the strength of the female form in its natural essences and the juxtaposition of nature, memories, the elements, and the Female form.