Throughout the month of September, Kennedy Gallery is pleased to present the original oil paintings of Hilary Snowdon Kinney. Although not currently living in New England, Portsmouth has been Hilary’s home on and off for many years, visiting family, where she was inspired by the light and peace of our waterfront communities.
Hilary paints in large format, oils on linen, and begins her work on unstretched linen stapled to the wall. Often she turns the linen on its side or upside down to view the piece from a new perspective. The result, usually involving over 30 layers of paint, is a juxtaposition of abstraction and realism. While keeping the structure of a building on water, or a boat floating on it, Hilary is most focused on the random shapes of color that are exposed through the many layers. Hilary says, “Playing with various colors and values, I enjoy when surprises happen and a light yellow shows up next to a dark value purple with a touch of light blue nearby. I start to feel a rhythm building from the under painting showing through.”
New England Harborscapes are inspired by the waterfront communities along the East Coast.