The small scale of these pieces allows Hipschen to present them in large quantities. “Rural Connections” will feature close to one hundred pieces, composing a visual record of Hipschen’s travels across the country. Despite the large number of works, each piece is unique and offers a window into a completely different scene.
Hipschen draws inspiration from a variety of iconic American locales – from the farmlands and country roads of Virginia to the rural outposts of the Midwest. Traveling through seasons, skies, and fields, these diverse landscapes are scaled down to the size of a postcard. “My paintings are usually started on location to get a true feeling of the light and atmosphere,” says Hipschen. They are finished in the studio from photographs and other source materials, the small scale allowing the pieces “to become more intimate, more descriptive of a season or specific place.”
Hipschen, a seasoned landscape painter with over thirty years’ experience, received her AA in Studio Fine Arts from NVCC and BFA in Art History from George Mason University. In addition to painting, Hipschen is a monotype printmaker and teaches monotype workshops nationwide. A long-time Art League member, Hipschen exhibits regularly both regionally and in galleries in the Midwest.