One thing for certain is that painters Mark McCoy and Kay King are not afraid to use color. There is something very primal in our brains that is awakened by color as current research in neuroscience will explain to you (not me!) Perhaps it is simply the rods and cones in our eyeballs that are exercised but the effect on our brains is healthy and positive. It anchors us to the earth and expands our visual awareness of where we want to be in this world: surrounded by nature, even if its only in our imagination.
“Fields to Forest’ is will be on exhibit for a few more weeks at our gallery. Don’t miss it!
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…
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…
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.
Entering the world of art collecting can be a daunting, if not downright intimidating prospect. Whether you are beginner, or someone who has been admiring original art for quite some time, the thought of purchasing your first painting is enough to stop even the most ardent art fan in their tracks.
Building a fine art collection can be an exciting and satisfying hobby, not only a great way to spend your spare time, but it can enrich your life on a daily basis by surrounding yourself with images you love that can be enjoyed every day!
But where does one start? Whose art do you choose? There is really no correct answer….so long as it is something you love. Because at the end of the day, art values will rise and fall, and ultimately you want to be happy with what you have surrounding you in your home or office.
One of the biggest keys to successful collecting is to know what style of art appeals to you, (this is where the fun begins…), and the only way to discover that is to start looking at art! So make a trip to a museum or to local galleries and begin to really look at the different styles and mediums that are on display.
On display now at Simons Fine Art Gallery is a collection of works by locals artists Robert Allen, Jeff Charlesworth, Robyn Graham, Kay King, Mark McCoy, John Reilly.
Simons Fine Art Gallery is proud to present award winning artists Clare Barrett and KayKing in “Inside Outside”, an exhibit of selected works on display for the month of February in downtown Dublin.
Join us for MEET the ARTIST Reception on Friday, February 7th 5-8pm.
As part of the continuing featured artist series highlighting local talent, King and Barrett bring together contrasting styles of still life and landscape, revealing an exciting collection of images that showcase the range of artistic vision and inspiration.
Clare Barrett from Lambertville, was born and raised in Watford, England. Upon graduation from Nonnington College in Kent with a teaching degree, she moved to Milan, spending several years traveling and working throughout Europe. Her desire to explore the United States in the 1980’s found her moving to Texas and from there to California, Connecticut, and New York City. While in New York, Clare followed her longstanding passion for food, and pursued a culinary career, working as a private chef, and in several of the city’s most iconic restaurants alongside world famous chefs. In 2007, an interest in painting emerged, and her art naturally reflected her love of food. Studying with still life master Frank Acuri her images capture her passion for all things food, with an unerring eye for light and shadow. Her work seamlessly combines the traditional still life format and contemporary palette, bringing the subject to life with delicate detail and sparkling light.
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.
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