Piece description from the artist
This is an original work of art done en plein air in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. I was working doing en plein air work, with the children all around, and I couldn't resist painting the little blonde, ruddy-cheeked child. She was so content picking the flowers, with bunches in her hands, in her own world, with the sun blazing on her little wheat-colored head. So beautiful, so precious and full of promise, a whole life ahead of her still. She has no knowledge of anything so complicated, other than the lovely flowers she could pick, being happy in that moment. It was such a treat to be there with the children! The original is sold.
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.