Miles Away study
by Genevieve May
Painted on a wooden stump, ”Miles Away” is about missing someone far away. This is the sister painting to “Remember Me” that I did earlier this year. This painting’s meaning for me has changed over time. The original painting “Remember Me” was about our dying environment and animal extinction, but this study now has more to do with missing someone, yearning to be in another place other than where you are. My friend recently moved to Colorado and is having a hard time adjusting to the lifestyle of a new place. I told her to go on a hike to get her mind off things. She took many beautiful photos of the landscape that day and sent them to me. The colors happened to be the same color scheme as the painting I was working on. I then decided to paint in some of the reeds and plants that she took pictures of. This was the moment I realized the painting had sprouted an entirely different meaning for me, so I changed the name. This painting now reminds me of her walking alone in the mountains of Colorado trying to find her happy place.
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As a child she studied classical drawing and painting with her parents and later studied at Lyme Academy with classical painter Hollis Dunlap. In addition, she studied watercolor and fresco painting with Jeremiah Patterson and Fred Wessel in both France and Italy, and at the age of 14, studied egg tempera under Wessel at the Hartford Art School. In 2014, Genevieve attended the Bay Area Atelier studying under Graydon Parrish, Dan Thompson, Steven Early, and Michael Grimaldi. Art classes ranged from color theory to studying cadavers at Stanford labs in CA. In 2015, Genevieve graduated from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford having studied with her father, as well as Doug Andersen, and Bill Thomson, and then moved to NYC to work as a painter for Jeff Koons. During this time, she studied privately under renowned artist, Brad Kunkle, whom she considers to be her mentor. At the age of 27 she had her first solo show “Painting Strangers” which focused on portraits of the local community of Hartford, CT. In the following years five of Genevieve’s works were published in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Artist Renewal Catalog (ARC).
Genevieve’s technique displays a wide range of styles. She enjoys combining abstract atmospheric scenes with realistic portraiture. She considers herself an allegorical painter, striving to paint matters of political, social, and environmental concerns in her work, while aiming to achieve a dream-like hypnosis over her viewers.
The consistent utilization of snake skin can be seen throughout Genevieve’s work. She is the mother of two boa constrictors and one carpet python, from which she continually draws inspiration, both visually and metaphorically. As well as being a painter, she is also a professional belly dancer, performing with her three snakes. Her love for these reptiles, along with Middle Eastern belly dance can be seen laced throughout her paintings. Genevieve’s goal as a painter is to evoke emotions often shielded and cast aside, while simultaneously telling the stories of those who need to be heard.