Piece description from the artist
"The Red Hat" Original impressionist landscape oil painting by Hilary J. England
Materials:oil on Belgian linen canvas
Dimensions: 8" x 11"
This is an original work of art done en plein air in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I saw a young woman in the park with a giant red hat, which just screamed for attention, yet she seemed uncomfortable with both the hat and the day in general. When she turned her back to me, I got to studying her hat and her silhouette against the bright, hazy blue sky, and thought: without seeing her face, the mystery of her story is very intriguing. She can have so many things, either positive or negative, that are affecting her, and yet, with her back against the plane of vision, and her face to the sky, she is an enigma.
She could have heaven or hell seething in her eyes, she could have just won the lottery, or gotten a break-up e-mail from her boyfriend…we never know what is happening in the privacy behind the curtain or veil of our faces. So, I painted the red hat.
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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.