My recent paintings suggest an expansion of the style that I have been developing over the past years. I continue to paint through direct observation of the landscape in my immediate surroundings: land, water, wildlife, and nautical structures. I work from a variety of imagery from past paintings and sketches, photographs, historical post cards, and my imagination.
There have been several technical shifts in my recent paintings. The use of heavy impasto paint is still important; however I am now incorporating thin washes of large brushwork and dripping paint to make more emotive pictures. These washes produce transparent layers of color that create illusionary depth and reiterate the flatness of field painting so essential to my push towards abstraction.
I emphasize the process of painting par en par with the subject. As is typical of my approach, I leave images open to interpretation. My goal is not to depict a scene realistically or impressionistically, but to abstract it while leaving the notion of objectivity in place. This way the viewer is able to interact with, question, interpret, and experience what lies on the canvas.
Megan Hinton holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and New York University. She has been awarded artist residencies from The Women’s Studio Workshop, The Vermont Studio Center, and Nantucket Island School of Design. She has been the recipient of two local Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for exhibitions held in Wellfleet in 2013 at Preservation Hall and in 2014 at The Harbor Stage Company. In the summer of 2014 Megan’s paintings will appear in a featured article in Provincetown Arts Magazine. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Cape Cod Museum of Art and The Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Megan is an avid traveler and admirer of the ocean, both of which inform her work.