Oil painting by Vcevold Strekalovsky
Hingham artist Vcevold Strekalovsky prefers to paint en plein air and frequently makes visits to scenic South Shore spots like World’s End and Weir River Farm for inspiration. “I love to paint livestock and find the innocence and sublime beauty to be universally appealing,” says Strekalovsky.
An architect by trade, Strekalovsky has lived in Hingham since 1970 and can walk to his downtown office. “I find that the design process in both painting and architecture involves problem solving and the relationship of shapes and spaces,” he says. Strekalovsky exhibits his work locally at South Street Gallery in Hingham and recently participated in the gallery’s Weir River Farm exhibit. The show was a fundraiser for the farm and featured plein air artwork created by a number of local artists during the annual fall festival.
For Strekalovsky, who also exhibits his work in Vermont, painting landscapes from life allows him to capture the most accurate light and color values. “Making an evocative painting with abstract qualities of composition, shapes and values is an exciting and risky challenge,” he says.