"Betty" Bee Mask
About Lily Morgan
Lily is a Connecticut Native who graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Art Education. Although her chosen media today is oil paint she enjoys tackling any new media she can get her hands on. Lily is an art teacher at a local middle school by day and a painter by night and weekend and all through the summer! She finds that working with her students in the classroom is constantly informing her own art practice and contrary to popular belief, she believes that middle schoolers are the most fascinating, fun, and entertaining group of humans on the planet.
"In my work I strive to find balance between the contradictory elements and practices of art that I am drawn to the most. I can’t help but love abstraction and realism, impulse and intention, as well as freedom and control. When I begin a piece I have a desperate need to see instant progress. I start each painting by mixing up a range of colors and covering each surface with them. It starts with fluid and intuitive marks until each and every drop of paint is intentional. Next I impose a grid onto the entire surface to bring even more structure to the piece. These steps are equally as important to me as the intricate rendering of the subject that is added. The final portion of each work is the most challenging for me. The waiting. The looking. The small moves to marry the background with the subject, to deepen shadows and brighten highlights. These crucial last moments with a work feel like trudging through mud compared to the first marks but are equally, if not more, rewarding."