This oil-on-canvas painting by artist Hilda Kilpatrick — called Flower Field, Santa Paula — reflects a stunning display of vibrant red, orange and yellow rows of flowers with the Santa Paula blue sky as the backdrop. To see Kilpatrick demonstrating her prize-winning art techniques, be sure to attend Sunday’s Demo meeting, held 2 to 4 p.m. at the Depot, 200 E. Santa Barbara Street.

Kilpatrick’s techniques to create joyful art focus of SPSA Demo Meeting

September 04, 2013
Santa Paula News

By Peggy Kelly

Santa Paula Times 

An artist whose work is described as a “joy to behold” will be the featured guest at the September 8 Santa Paula Society of the Arts Demonstration Meeting.

SPSA President Lynda Gruber said Hilda Kilpatrick will be the artist demonstrating her prize-winning art techniques at Sunday’s meeting, held 2 to 4 p.m. at the Depot, 200 E. Santa Barbara St. The meeting is held at the Depot Gallery in the upper level of the historic building. 

The public is always invited to the free meeting, which features refreshments and a chance to win a work by the Demonstration Artist.

“Hilda is a very good artist and works so loosely - her work is a joy to behold! So colorful! 

“I’ve never met her,” but Gruber said she admires Kilpatrick’s work and “am looking forward to seeing her demonstration. Hilda has done demonstrations also at the Ventura County Agriculture Museum,” where her art tips and techniques are eagerly observed.

Kilpatrick has been painting since 1998 and prior to that worked in pastels while living with an artistic family in the cultural city of Trujillo, in her native Peru.

After moving to the United States, Kilpatrick said, “I began to seriously develop my skills as a painter,” studying under Marcia Cummings, “where 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 - influenced by the early California painters as well as the impressionists - said, “My pallets are warm and sunny. Nature is at the forefront of all of my work,” most that depicts scenes, “that I fear may not be here forever.  

“I also paint places that speak to my soul, that make me laugh inside and that make my heart jump with excitement.”

Kilpatrick noted, “California scenery has been an inspiration to me for years. By capturing places on my canvas, they remain timeless. I hope to bring sunshine and happiness to whomever looks at one!”

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

Gruber said Sunday “Will also be our first general meeting with Kaye Ford as the society’s new President.

“Anyone interested in the arts is welcome to attend out meeting, we would love to see them!”

For more information about the Santa Paula Society of the Arts visit or call 525-1104.

Be sure to visit the Society Gift Shoppe at the Depot: Gallery and Gift Shoppe are open Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 p.m., group tours by appointment.

The Gallery extends into the restored depot warehouse, a portion of which is used for one-person shows and a continually rotating exhibit of art that can also be found in the Gift Shoppe: Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastels; Digital Art; Hand Painted Boxes; Collage; Pen and Inks; Lithographs; Local and Railroad Theme Cards; Greeting Cards and Photography; Fabric Art; Jewelry; and Artful Accessories! 

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