Hope Reis is a contemporary artist, originally from Greenwich, Connecticut. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, but since 2000 has spent her time learning about art.
Hope seeks to combine realism and impressionism in her paintings. Painting from life, or on location is what really inspires her, and heightens the emotional charge and depth in her work. Whether she arranges a live floral set up in her studio, or is painting en plein air, Hope wants to capture the freshness of the flowers, or the effect of the light on the landscape. She works in either watercolor or oils, depending upon the effect she is trying to achieve.
Inspired by the richness of the work of the Old Masters, Hope’s work has a timeless quality to it enhanced by her intuitive sense about contemporary taste and color.
Painting from life: “I feel the energy and passion that comes from painting from life, whether flowers in the Studio or painting in the landscape. This element is one of the things that really excites me. It’s what I want the viewer to feel also, says the artist. I want my work to reflect the appreciation I feel for the glorious beauty God has given all to enjoy.”
One of her florals is featured in a book from International Artist Publishing entitled, “How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Florals”.