“My work is a contemporary twist on very traditional subjects, while also using a traditional approach to the contemporary genre. I like to combine elements of impressionism and expressionism in new ways, pushing the boundaries of each. Through this blend of the old and the new, I hope to leave each viewer with a new appreciation of the West.”
27-year-old Whitney Hall’s oil paintings reflect the animals and natural imagery of her home in Bozeman, Montana, and are infused with the colors of her childhood in Southern California. Studying under a wide variety of contemporary impressionists, expressionists, and colorists – most notably Michael Steirnagle, Robert Moore, Dawn Emerson, and Jeffrey Watts – her work combines solidly-painted impressionistic animals with brightly stylized environments. Despite her four-legged subject matter, she considers her work to be figurative, with a focus on the design, silhouette, and symbolism of each animal she paints. Her colorful compositions involve a constant push and pull between technique and intuition, form and expression, harmony and contrast.
In 2010 Whitney was the youngest artist to be juried into the C.M. Russell Art Auction. In 2011, she was published in Southwest Art Magazine as one of “21 Under 31: Young Artists to Collect Now” and received the Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America’s 2011 Western Regional Exhibition. Her work has also been in the 2011, 2012, & 2013 Western Masters Art Auction in Great Falls, Montana, the 2013 Russell Auction. In 2014 she will exhibit in the Icons of the West Show and has been selected to participate in the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. She is represented by West Lives On Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Dick Idol Signature Gallery in Whitefish, Montana.
Whitney currently lives and paints at the base of the Bridger Mountains in Bozeman, Montana, where she co-owns Cobalt Moose Art Studios with her mother, artist Terry Hall.