Kilpatrick: Take a chance of winning art at SPSA May Demo meeting

May 15, 2013
Santa Paula News

Hilda Kilpatrick, an acclaimed artist whose primary output is lush landscapes, will show her oil painting techniques at the May meeting of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts.

The meeting will be held Sunday, May 19, a week later than the society’s usual second Sunday of the month schedule, which this year falls on Mothers Day. The meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Depot Gallery, located at the corner of 10th and Santa Barbara streets. Refreshments will be served, and non-society members are always invited to attend the demonstration artist meeting. 

According to Virginia Gunderson of the SPSA, Kilpatrick’s work “is very, very good and much like some of our favorite oil artists... she will give a demonstration of her procedures when she prepares and completes a painting.” Guests, added Gunderson, “are always welcome,” and are also welcome to take part in the opportunity drawing where the prize is a work by the demonstration artist.

A brief installation ceremony of SPSA officers serving the 2013-2015 term will take place before the demonstration.

Kilpatrick’s oil paintings are primarily landscapes: local scenes, places that she said “impress and inspire passion” within her, mountains, trees, the ocean, “the green of spring and the beautiful California skies.”

Raised by an artistic family in the cultural city of Trujillo, Peru, and influenced by the early California painters as well as the Impressionists, Kilpatrick’s pallet is warm and sunny with nature firmly in the forefront of her work. 

“Most of my work depicts scenes that I fear may not be here forever,” said the artist. By capturing places on canvas, she hopes these vistas will remain timeless.

Kilpatrick has been painting since 1998, following her artwork in pastels when she was living in her native Peru. After moving to the United States, “I began to seriously develop my skills as a painter” and studied under Marcia Cummings where, Kilpatrick said, “I honed my abilities in depicting perspective in the scenes I paint. I have recently studied under Glen Orbik, learning to incorporate the human figure in my paintings.”

Kilpatrick is influenced by the “early California painters, as well as the impressionists,” which shows in her warm and sunny palettes. “Nature,” she noted, “is at the forefront of all of my work.”

Kilpatrick not only paints those places she fears will be lost, but also places that “speak to my soul, that make me laugh inside and that make my heart jump with excitement.... California scenery has been an inspiration to me for years,” and by capturing places on canvas “they remain timeless. I hope to bring sunshine and happiness to whomever looks at one!”

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Parking for the Santa Paula Society of the Arts meeting is available behind (just north) of the Depot (enter on Railroad Avenue), and directly south of Depot in the lot next to the Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

For more information about the Santa Paula Society of the Arts visit or call 525-1104. And don’t forget to visit the Santa Paula Society of the Arts Depot Gift Shop when you visit the Depot Gallery, where you’ll find dozens of unique items all created by society members - from miniature paintings and fabric art to greeting cards, purses and jewelry - at very reasonable prices.

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