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Hillary Binder-Klein
Monmouth County, NJ

Artwork Details
And the Sun Was Rising
16" x 20"

Hillary Binder-Klein is a self-taught artist who has been creating art her whole life. She has been exhibiting various forms of artwork at shows and galleries throughout New Jersey since 1983. She worked with pen and ink for a long time because she enjoyed the fluidity and quick drying time. She started painting with acrylics after an art director where she worked suggested that her colorful and dynamic pen and ink images should be made into much larger acrylic paintings.

"Painting with acrylics gives me the fluidity and quick drying time that I liked with pen and ink but it is also a very versatile and forgiving medium," writes Binder-Klein. "Since 2007 I have been painting landscapes in acrylics inspired by my backyard and all the beauty of the parks, farms, and open spaces where I live in Monmouth County. Most of my paintings are of specific places at certain moments in time, but they are not meant to be representational or even recognizable as those specific places. I think leaving it anonymous allows the viewers to make each place their own place. I do not go out looking for a subject. I let the subject find me. When I see something that makes me catch my breath, pay attention, and absorb the beauty I see, I know I have found a "moment." That "moment" stays in my memory for a while where I revisit it often. Evntually, I may feel the need to sit down, pick up a paintbrush, and recreate what I saw. I try to capture what was distinctive about the colors, the lighting, the relationship of certain things in the scene or whatever else caught my attention.

"I have a fondness for trees and almost all of my paintings are about trees and their relationship to the environment. I believe every tree has a story to tell and I try to listen. It is my hope that when others see my paintings, they will see and feel what I did and they will remember a point in time when they stopped and thought about nothing else but what nature was showing them."

Hillary is an associate member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury and a member of the Art Alliance in Red Bank. She has exhibited her art at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, the CVA at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in LBI, NJR Corporate Gallery in Wall, and the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Institute for Women and Art and Rutgers University.

Hillary Binder-Klein will be exhibiting her landscape paintings at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan from May 1 through May 31. The show, entitled "Life as a Tree," is a collection of Hillary's acrylic paintings in conjunction with a narrative about a tree and its life.  Library hours at 9 am - 9 pm Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm Friday and Saturday, and 1 pm - 5 pm Sunday. The exhibit is open to the public.