2024 Offsite Gallery solo exhibition: Hard Candy- An Introspective Journey of an American Woman
March 22 – May 10, 2024 – Save the date: Opening reception March 22, 5-7pm. Free and open to the public.

“As an artist, a wife, a mother, and a daughter, I am inspired by the feminine experience and depictions of women in American society. I use my art to explore themes of identity, sexuality, love, loss, vulnerability, and grief. I want my paintings to invite viewers to linger longer and to challenge traditional notions of beauty and femininity within our social construct. I enjoy using collages and mixed media elements in my work and often reference adverts from different eras in American culture. I do not shy away from taking risks with my paintings through the use of bold colors, expressive brushstrokes, excessive layering, and some unconventional elements to create sensual and visceral paintings. I aspire for my paintings to capture the complex and multifaceted nature of womanhood combined with a sense of oversaturation and stimulation of exceeding expectations imposed upon women in American society.”

Hillarey Breedlove is a female painter who creates large-scale bold, expressive, multifaceted paintings that explore themes of identity, sexuality, and consumerism. The female experience and the oversaturation of unrealistic feminine ideals within American culture inspire her.

Hillarey Breedlove is from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she attended the University of Tennessee and earned her BFA in 2003. After graduating, she married her High School sweetheart and became an Army spouse granting her the opportunity to live and travel across the globe. She currently resides in Suffolk, Virginia where she continues to create and exhibit in local galleries and online shows.

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