Hilda Neily was born and raised in Windsor Vt. by parents who loved the beauty of nature. She spent much of her time drawing, painting and studying the beautiful landscape of Vermont.. She lived a short distance from Maxfield Parrish and Augustus St.Gaudins home. She loved hearing stories about the Cornish Art Colony and spent many hours studying the paintings of Maxfield Parrish. At that time not only was he present there but he would also hang his paintings in the few public places in town for people to enjoy.
Neily was blessed to study the remarkable color and majestic quality of these original Parrish paintings throughout her early years. Neily remembers going into the State Street bank when she was very small and seeing what was probably the fist original painting she had ever seen. It was a Maxfield Parrish. She held her mothers hand and stared up at a beautiful portrayal of an oak tree before a magnificent sunset sky. It is possible that her life spent following her passion for painting was decided in that moment.
It was 20 years later when Neily met another great colorist, Henry Hensche and she once again became fascinated by the artists use of color, so much so that she spent the following 15 years studying light and color with Henry Hensche at the Cape Shool in Provincetown Ma.. Henry Hensche, master Impressionist served as assistant to Charles Hawthorne, founder of the Cape Cod School of Art in 1899. Today Neily is a master painter in her own right, and is considered to be one of the Cape School's most adept practitioners.
Neily started showing professionally in 1969. She has shown extensively in New England ,New York and Florida since then. She continues to study color in the natural light working outside on location and studying still -life in the north light inside. She explores various mediums and is currently painting and teaching at The Cape School of Art workshops on light and color. Neily feels blessed to live in Provincetown ,the oldest continuous art colony in the country, and to be able to experience there the most magnificent light a painter can paint.
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