“Fields to Forest” Opens November 7, 2015 with featured artists Kay King and Mark McCoy

Please join us for a Meet the Artists Reception Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 1 to 4pm.

Here are some insights into the minds of our artists and what inspires them to create their beautiful art…

Salt Marsh II by Kay King
Salt Marsh II by Kay King

Interview with Kay

MY FIRST MEMORY OF MAKING ART: As a child I made cards and decorations and drew on the sidewalk and made things with clay. I always had an artistic bent. I thought everyone did!

WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR ORIGINAL INTEREST TO PAINT? I loved art class in school. In Jr. High school my teacher gave me a space in the classroom to paint a still life. I brought the painting home and my father framed it. I attained confidence I didn’t know I had.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP INSPIRED TO PAINT? Inspiration is the light of day, the everyday goodness of the beauty around us. I paint en plein air when the season is warm and in the studio when the cold sets in. I paint what I see. I work at making art every day.

MOST INFLUENCIAL TEACHER? During a sabbatical year from teaching I took a three month course of study at The Florence School of Art in Florence, Italy. It was practicing drawing in the classical tradition and became a life changing event. I came away with the confidence to believe in myself as an artist.

ADMIRE AS AN ARTIST? When I began painting seriously 35 years ago it was with watercolor. The artist at that time whose work was captivating was Charles Demuth. When I became an oil painter 20 plus years ago I was drawn to the work of Edward Hopper. Of course there are hundreds of painters whose work I love. It’s never ending.

FAVORITE COLOR:I love neutrals. There are so many and all so under stated, warm and cool tones. The day starts out with the neutral tones of mist rising over the water with the sun shining through. Neutrals make colors pop!

KAY KING Biography

Kay King from Wycombe is an award winning fine artist, and has been an active participant in the Bucks County art scene since 1985 with her first show at Phillips Mill.

Years of formal study, both in the states and abroad have provided a wellspring of knowledge that she draws upon to translate the world she sees into the world she creates on canvas. As a plein air painter, Kay’s images retain the freshness of energy and light present in the locations that inspire her.

Her style can best been categorized as “Modern Impressionism” with a feel for shape, color and form; all beautifully manipulated inviting you to share her vision of the world around her. Strong loose brushwork and large expanses of color allow for personal interpretation and exploration beyond the canvas edge, allowing the viewer to add their own story to the painting.

Her images successfully capture atmosphere and emotion, creating a quiet beauty that lingers in the mind’s eye.

…and some insight into the work of Mark McCoy…

Original Oil by Mark McCoy 2015

 Interview with Mark McCoy

FIRST MEMORY OF MAKING ART: Small pen and ink drawings I did of farm scenes at 12 or 14 yrs old.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR ORIGINAL INTEREST TO PAINT? Viewing of Andrew Wyeth paintings at Chadds Ford.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP INSPIRED TO PAINT? Keep observing all the beautiful effects of nature.

MOST INFLUENCIAL TEACHER? My 9th and 10th grade teachers

ADMIRE AS AN ARTIST? Winslow Homer and Edward Redfield.

FAVORITE COLOR: Orange

MARK McCOY Biography

Starting from a young age, Mark was always drawn to the arts and the natural world.  Employment at the Boehm porcelain studio in Trenton, NJ brought hands on experience in painting, color and valuable exposure to other artists.  Mark also worked as a free lance sculptor for Lennox in Langhorne, PA.

Inspired by a book on Pennsylvania Impressionism years ago, Mark’s “hobby” of painting grew into a passion.  This prompted him to begin studying the New Hope School of Painting and to attend workshops on landscape and plein air painting.  He has studied with local notable artists George Thompson, Peter Fiore and Robert Beck.

Today, Mark continues the tradition inspired by the beauty of Bucks County and the early painters like Redfield, Garber, Folinsbee, and many others.  He paints landscapes primarily in oils. Along with his wife, Carol, they maintain a small hobby farm in Hilltown Township with their four dogs, two cats and assortment of barnyard animals.

 

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