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My drawings and paintings celebrate the visually absorbing shapes, colors, textures and eccentric details of the urban landscape. For me, buildings are the significant carriers of cultural memory. Surviving the builders and residents, they are reminders of remoter lives and times. Over the years, a city takes on an almost geological aspect, with successive generations leaving behind a layering of architectural styles. The enduring physical makeup of a city directly influences its culture as well as its ability to survive as a place people care about.
My landscapes are usually without people. The buildings are the complete statement. Within their lines and the mood they evoke, the people who built them and lived in them are revealed more clearly than if they have posed for a portrait. Here lies the emotional resonance which inspires me to paint old houses. There is a hard, beautiful dignity in weathering all those years - pure to themselves and uncompromising. Many viewers have observed that the buildings in my paintings seem strangely animated, as if they had personalities of their own. The windows, shutters and doors read almost like facial features, elements of individuality that make their presence felt.
Born in Schenectady, New York in 1961, I grew up in Manchester, Connecticut. My mother, Gail Hinchen, is a mixed-media collage artist who has always operated her own gallery. As a child, art was an integral part of my earliest influences and memories as I was surrounded by a diverse group of artist for classes and exhibitions in our home. Starting to draw in earnest, I watched and learned techniques from artists Elden Rowland and Helen vonBorstel (my grandmother) during summers in Truro, Cape Cod. Early on, I was inspired by the lonely landscapes of Edward Hopper and the brilliant color staging of Maxfield Parrish. Essentially a self-taught artist, my interests in aesthetics, urban design, architecture and history have always influenced my work. I received a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Drew University and an M.A. in political philosophy from Columbia University.
For many years, I worked solely in pen and ink. Slowly, I introduced color and have since developed a completely original technique which is characterized by precise ink images with acrylic tones painted over each other, resembling thin semi-opaque layers. When dry, it produces a smooth matte finish. Other artists and collectors have compared my medium to egg tempera whcih employs the application of numerous small brush strokes and produces a brilliant, luminous finish.
My work has been featured in regional exhibitions including: The State Museum Of New York in Albany, N.Y., The Provincetown Art Association in Provincetown, MA., Gallery On The Green in Canton, CT., The Stockade Art Show in Schenectady, N.Y. and The Historic Albany Foundation's Built Shows: 'Albany's Architecture Through Artist's Eyes' (2000-2011, 2010 Best In Show Award). I'm also represented in numerous corporate and private art collections. My home and studio is located in Albany, New York.
CUSTOM HOUSE PORTAITS:
Imagine your home portrayed in an original, personal and lasting work of art. I specializes in ink and acrylic house portraits and architectural landscapes, providing an onsite photographic consultation as an integral part of this personal experience.
I've spent more than twenty-five years crafting my original style and technique on a broad array of historic buildings throughout Metro New York and Greater Boston. Creating a specific mood and sense of place, I'll interpret your home in fine detail with vibrant acrylics or elegant pen and ink.
Illustrations make exceptionally meaningful gifts. Giving a custom painting of a friend's house is giving a future family heirloom. Consider a commission for a business logo, advertising art or local historic landmark. Promotional art postcards and limited-edition prints are an effective and dynamic fundraising tool for both private businesses and non-profit organizations.