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by Bill Talley

Dana Hutchins creates brilliantly colored impressionist scenes. She began painting only last year, taking Professor Mullins’ Intro to Painting elective, but already she has taken on a unique style all her own.

Her work is impossibly colorful, depicting shades of light far beyond what could be found in reality. Stripping away all unnecessary elements in a scene, she reveals the purer essence that underlies the real, often resulting in a painting that differs a great deal from what the subject originally looked like.

Her process starts with finding as vibrantly colored a scene as the world offers – then taking that color as far as color goes. This involves laying the paint down heavy, with deep brushstrokes that give the scene a great deal of visual thickness.

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Hutchins cites Van Gogh and Monet as major influences, and the connection is easy to see—from Van Gogh, the soft-focused dreaminess of a single color permeating the entire scene; from Monet, a flavor of impressionism that takes full license with each element of the scene,  while still retaining the broad character of the subject.

Hutchins’s pieces are part of the Reynolds’s  2016 Student Art Exhibit. The Exhibit is open now in the Community College Workforce Alliance building’s Conference Center Gallery. It runs until May 5.

You can attend a reception and award ceremony April 27 from 6:00  pm to 8:00  pm.

-Four pieces by Dana Hutchins will be feature in the student art exhibit:
Sydney Harbour (acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36);
Autumn Botanical Garden (acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36);
Winter Creek (oil on canvas, 36 x 36);
Meadow Farm (acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24)

Contributing writer Bill Talley is a first-semester student at Reynolds studying biology.

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