Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Crossroads Carnegie
Art Center

Hillary Lay - 2-D watercolor

Hillery Lay is an Eastern Oregon artist painting her contemporary rural life.

 Burn Scar


People within the landscape, taken out of context, are the themes of my painting practice. I have been refining my personal artistic vocabulary of marks, shapes, and colors. I try to find depth in every layer of a painting through these personal techniques. Over the course of a series of work, I make a history from my own developing visual signs.

        New and important characteristics of my vocabulary sometimes occur very abruptly. Natural disasters like the lightening caused Cornet/Windy Ridge Fire in 2015 change a landscape forever. That fire is particularly symbolic for me. It wraps up a lot of painful events in my life into one blackened package.

        A burn scar left by a wildfire can shape a forest and a person for a long time.