Growing up in North Florida and years of travel through the West and Northwest have filled my inspiration cup full to overflowing. As I walk miles of wilderness trails, I find myself enraptured with the way the fog settles between mountains, how the light finds its way through the tallest of Redwoods, the kiss of sun glistening on coastal waters. It is these moments that capture my heart and my imagination and move me to put paint to canvas. I carry them with me in photographs and memory until I am ready to allow them to spill forth in color.

Through acrylic paintings on canvas and panel, I am seeking to capture the feeling not just of a place, but of a moment. From that inspirational scene, I begin my composition, building up layer upon layer of acrylic color and transparent glazes, until the surface is transformed into a representation of my experience of that locale and moment in time. The surfaces convey the sense of atmosphere and mystery I find in these wild and untamed places, mirroring the wildness in us all.

Hillary Whitaker Gallery at Ponte Vedra Beach
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