by Hilary Hahn
30" x 30"
In my artwork, I explore landscapes using layering and collage techniques. I enjoy building up layers of translucent paint until the artwork finally feels complete.
For this painting, I was inspired by Jet Blue, as 21st century company, I looked to their up-to date graphics and plane tail patterns. I wanted the artwork to feel light, airy and modern. I chose colors that worked with the Jet Blue palette of orange and blue. I extended the palette to include tropical jewel tones. After learning that Jet Blue flights service the United States, Mexico, and Caribbean, I desired to transport the viewer to the lushness of a far off destination.
The setting is a fantasy location. The water media used in the piece are analogous to the translucent oceans and crystal clear surf. In the corner, a duo of flamingo silhouettes adds texture and peer on. Organic forms, plants, rock, and sea sponges live here. The beach itself made of collage and gouache. The sandy shore was crafted from a crumbling map, copyrighted and printed in 1902 by Dodd Mead Map Company of the Antilles. I encourage the onlooker to soak in the details and scenery. I imagine the modern traveler voyaging to this tropical locale.