I am a painter and MFA candidate at CUNY Lehman College ,while living on the Hudson River with my family. I enjoy exploring many different art mediums including oil painting, collage, acrylic painting, mixed media compositions, watercolor painting and charcoal drawing. I have been drawing and painting my whole life, and have also had a fashion design career as Hillary Anzis-Hostetler (my unmarried-married name).
MY WORK FOCUSES ON PORTRAYING LIGHT AND ATMOSPHERE IN THE CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE USING A VARIETY OF PAINTING MEDIA , SUCH AS OIL PAINT , WAX , ACRYLIC, AND OTHERS. I PAINT PERCEPTUAL IMAGES , WITH A MODERN TWIST. BY PLANNING THE COMPOSITION THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHIC CROPPING AND DIGITAL MANIPULATION , I TRY TO CREATE A MYSTERIOUS , AMBIGUOUS, VIEW TO THEN PAINT IN A CLASSICAL ,YET BLURRED SFUMATO METHOD . I WANT THE VIEWER TO PAUSE AND CONSIDER WHAT THEY BELIEVE THEY SEE, WHAT TRULY CAN BE SEEN, AND ALSO WHAT MAY BE HIDDEN IN THE VISUAL WORLD. OTHER ARTISTS I APPRECIATE INCLUDE: CONTEMPORARY UNSCHARF PAINTERS, GERHARDT RICHTER, THE AMERICAN TONALIST MOVEMENT, THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL , AND OTHER AMERICAN ARTISTS SUCH AS MILTON AVERY. MY CURRENT WORK EXPLORES THE INTERSECTION OF PAINTING , DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, MASS MEDIA, AND TECHNOLOGY .
These are recent Paintings which use Mixed Media Techniques. They were done with a combination of collage, India Ink, Acrylic Paint, Golden Acrylic Matte Medium, Yes Paste, and Wax Crayon , on watercolor paper, and Rice paper. These are more Abstract works, with color and process being most important. There are influences from maps, aerial views from Google earth, and also an exploration of randomness. The ink and paint are applied in a variety of ways that are a somewhat controlled randomness of dripping and using gravity and forced air to direct the flow. I am becoming increasingly more interested in blurring, dripping, collage and other less traditional means of color application.
Less representational than some of my earlier work, they are a fun way to experiment with art materials and learn what they are capable of.
BEACHED OIL PAINTING ON ARCHIVAL CRADLED GESSOBOARD, 12" x 12",
THE TIDE IS OUT AND THIS LITTLE SUNFISH IS STRANDED FOR NOW. AT THIS BEACH THE TIDE RECEDES QUITE FAR, BUT WILL SOON BE BACK. THE LITTLE BLUE SAILBOAT WILL BE FLOATING AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON.
OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS 8" x 10"
THIS COLORFUL PAINTING PLAYS UP THE USE OF SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST, THE PLACING OF WARM AND COOL OPPOSITE COLORS NEXT TO EACH OTHER. THIS GIVES A SPARKLING EFFECT. I ALSO HAVE CONTRASTED THE THICK IMPASTO WHITE PAINT WITH THE THIN TRANSPARENT PAINT OF THE DEEP VIOLET TINGED SHADOWS. THE WHITE NAPKIN COMES FORWARD GIVING THE PAINTING GREATER DEPTH.
OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS 16" x 20"
ONE OF MY FAVORITE STILL LIFE PAINTINGS. I AM PARTICULARLY PROUD OF THE LOOSE BRUSHWORK, COLORFUL TRANSLUCENCE OF THE OLD GLASS JAR, AND FLICKERING JUXTAPOSED COLORS. THE AQUA COLOR IS ALSO A FAVORITE.
UNDER THE BIG WAVE IS ONE OF MY MOST AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MIXED MEDIA COMPOSITIONS. WORKING WITH TORN PAPER, GESSO, ACRYLIC PAINT, OIL PASTEL,RICE PAPER AND FOUND IMAGES , THE COMPOSITION TOOK 4 MONTHS TO COMPLETE. IN A WATERY PALETTE OF BLUES AND GREENS, THERE ARE A VARIETY OF IMAGES AND OBJECTS BEING TOSSED ABOUT INSIDE THE WAVE. IT IS NOT LITERALLY AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL, BUT HAS EMBEDDED SYMBOLS AND SHAPES THAT ARE SIGNIFICANT TO MY STORY. THE RANDOM SHAPES AND FOUND IMAGES COULD ALSO EVOKE MEMORIES OF OTHER VIEWERS LIVES. THEY ARE NOT SPECIFIC, SO CAN BE INTERPRETED MANY WAYS BY MANY VIEWERS. THERE ARE LOTS OF LAYERS. LITERALLY - THE MORE YOU LOOK THE MORE YOU SEE.
Sunday we set our clocks to "Spring Forward". Hopefully our showers today will bring on the Spring flowers. This week, I have been seeing the tops of crocus and daffodil greens popping up in my garden. Surely the nice weather can't be far behind.
I have been experimenting with different techniques in floral paintings this winter. This is one of my favorites. I really like the transparent and opaque layers mixing together in the roses and the glass vase, creating a luminous halo around the bouquet. The background is textured a bit , in a neutral dark burnt umber color. It reminds me of leather, a nice foil for the feminine floral arrangement. The painting is oil on stretched canvas, 9" x 12", and is for sale . Contact me if you are interested. Enjoy being inside and warm in the cold weather !