About The Teacher

Our Muse: Hilary McCarthy is a contemporary figurative painter who has been living and working in New York City for the past 17 years. She exhibits internationally and her studio is located on the Upper West Side. Her work hangs in collections throughout the United States and Europe. She earned a masters degree from New York Academy of Art and is working on a second degree in art history, from Columbia University. She has attended artist residencies in Puglia, Italy; Melbourne Australia; Leipzig, Germany and Johnston, VT. She will be teaching a workshop in Provence, France in August 2017. In her work she incorporates nature, water and animals into narratives about the vulnerable human experience and the never ending mystery of existence. “My paintings are an investigation of  awe -that sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world. My paintings are about the vulnerable and complex human experience.” – Hilary


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