This past Friday, the last Hidell Brooks exhibition for 2019 opened. The exhibition features the work of three of the galleries female artist; Mary Nelson Sinclair, Laura Sanders and Jenny Nelson with each artist having their own ‘room’ as you move through the gallery. In the front room, the works of Mary Nelson Sinclair light up the the walls, with bright color pallet and a diptych that catches your eye the moment you walk into the gallery.
The gallery teamed these three artists “to show the importance of brushstrokes and how powerful the brush can be on the canvas. Each of these painters uses their brushstrokes to move the viewer eyes across their paintings. Their brush work is their strength. Whether approaching an abstract or defining the figure they know how to move the paint with confidence.”
Mary Nelson Sinclair
Mary Nelson Sinclair grew up in Dallas and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from the Pratt Institute in 2008. Her abstract paintings have a strong visual language accentuated by her color palette and materials used to make her gestural markings. She lives and works in Millbrook, NY.
“My process in making work is purely meditative. I do not really plan what is going to happen on the canvas. It comes as I go.” – Mary Nelson Sinclair
chemistry: vapors, polymers, pheromones and light
Laura Sanders is a figurative painter whose paintings of people in oceans, lakes and swimming pools capture the realistic sense of the figure and the water. She works very closely with her photography and that is where the random or unexpected enters the work. During a photo session, sometimes something she may have planned as the focus ends up looking different than in her minds eye and that moment leads her into another direction. She spends hours pouring through photographs to find ones that capture the feeling or idea she had in mind.
Painting in the Light of Day
Jenny Nelson attended Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and graduated with a BFA from Bard College where she received a scholarship to the Lacoste School of Arts in France. She has been living and working in Woodstock, New York for 18 years. Her early artistic training was focused on the classical and representational, but it has always been her natural instinct to depict the surroundings in abstract forms. Most of the paintings evolve as an intuitive reaction to her surroundings, be it interior space, inner space, or landscape.