Upper Montclair, New Jersey
As a painter of landscapes, Hal finds inspiration everywhere: in the colors of summer, an afternoon’s shadow, the shapes in the sky. Each painting is an experience, a journey to capture a scene’s atmosphere and mood, its essence.
He begins as an observer and ends as an interpreter; working loosely from photos until reference gives way to imagination. Bold colors, shapes, and textures start to work together in visually interesting ways. His process is investigative, a search for the spirit, an unpredictable and exploratory practice, a rush to connect the angles of color and the shadows to the light.
Through painting, the landscape—whether the timelessness of the desert or the brilliance of a sunrise—loses its concrete meaning on the canvas. It distorts and abstracts. And, eventually, the essence of the image—its color, movement, and surface—emerges. The resulting work allows onlookers to cast their own imagination onto the painting. They are, in turn, transfixed, moved, and transformed by its impression.