View from my studio window on Rustlewood Ridge
I closely watch the sky, clouds, the hues of the sunset and the moods of the moon from my studio window. Framed by the Holyoke Mountains, it confirms the traditional belief that there is wisdom in nature. Rather than documenting a specific place, I reassemble scenes I have remembered and see everyday to create my own vision of the landscape. I experience life as an artist here, observing my natural surroundings, studying artists from the past and presently with contemporary painter, Dennis Sheehan. In the Tonalist tradition, it is the quiet time of the day, before dawn and the last minutes before dusk, that inspires me to paint everyday.
Kathleen Hession is a landscape painter and lives in Western Massachusetts. Emphasizing mood and shadow, her work is influenced by American Tonalist artists Dwight William Tyron and George Inness. She creates paintings of intimate vistas that are familiar yet mysterious.