Piece description from the artist
"The thinkers" is painting number two in my rural American youth series. I was studying the divide between childish thought and how it one day morphs into adult thinking, and how children long to breach that divide by pretending to be "grown up." In this artwork, the two young girls were showing how "mature" they were with their coffee and trying in a most comical way to show how they too think very deep thoughts. This painting was done with a controlled incandescent side light, and the close crop of the picture plane was meant to show the intimacy of the setting, as well as really get into "their world."
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.