Cecily Donnelly - Hill Farm
Hill Farm, 2009
Oil on linen, 30 x 36 inches

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In her landscape paintings, Cecily Donnelly is interested in distilling the details of place, time, weather and light into simplified color compositions that retain an essential connection to the world of nature. Starting with small open-air paintings, she may make several sketches from the same viewpoint; then back in her studio, use the sketches as reference points for larger work. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art, she lives near Ann Arbor. Her work is included in many public and private collections.

The subject of the painting Hill Farm is a Michigan farm near the artist's studio; she has painted this hillside many times in different lights and seasons.