I wish I can say that this painting was from life but this is a pastel portrait of the young lady who modeled for us at Suzanne Young's workshop. I had taken a few photos of her for those details that I didn't want to miss, so I used a closeup reference picture for this painting. It was pretty warm in the workshop so she "poufed" up her hair which I loved, and took the shot before she put it down. There was those perfect shadows on her face that "called" me as well as her beautiful flawless skin! I truly enjoyed painting her.
My name is Hilda Muxo Klinger. My passion for art came early.I have always said that I was born with a pencil in one hand and a box of crayons in the other.I am a Bronx born New Yorker who can remember sitting at the kitchen table copying faces that appeared in the newspapers and magazines as a girl.
I am married 44 years and have two daughters and five amazing grandchildren.While I worked and raised my family in East Rockaway, I used art as a form of relaxation, painting here and there. I dabbled with several artistic mediums through the years—everything from pencil to charcoal to oil and it was only after I joined The Parish Social Ministry Art Club in East Rockaway in 2006 that I realized my true passion of pastels.
The truth is that I have begun to see potential paintings in everything I see around me—in nature, on walks and during my Sunday car rides across Long Island which have become a ritual for my husband and I.There is beauty and inspiration around me always.
My teacher and inspiration, Trudy Santoemma as well as Harry Schwagerl served as mentors and they introduced me to new techniques in working with my portraits that you see in my work to date. I am thrilled to say that I have displayed my paintings in Rockville Centre Village Art Club and have received several ribbons for my work. Thank you for visiting my blog. I will continue to add my paintings in the future and hope you enjoy them as I have enjoyed painting them.