Aimée Rolin Hoover developed two obsessions very early in life: drawing and animals. If she wasn’t luring wild raccoons near with half eaten sandwiches, she was scribbling their likeness in her childhood sketchbooks.
Given her inclinations, it's not a surprise that the first chapter of her professional career involved painting collectors' beloved pets. From 1999-2012, Aimée worked as a commissioned-based pet portrait artist, creating over 150 custom portraits for clients all over the world.
In 2013, recognizing the need to grow as an artist, Aimée made the tough decision to step away from canines and felines in order to begin a new series of large-scale paintings of domestic farm animals. The Farm series reinvigorated her love of painting, and reintroduced her to the entire animal kingdom as a constant, unending source of visual inspiration.
Aimée uses animal imagery in her work—be it an otter, a bird, a buffalo or a horse—to convey certain states of "wordless emotion." States that she feels animals more clearly, truthfully and immediately express because their lack of verbal language.
In her most recent series, Fly Masks, she depicts entirely “faceless” masked equines, in an attempt to discover a new balance between what is revealed of the equine, and what is concealed (the face), while still allowing an emotional connection to the animal.
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Aimée currently lives and works in southern California. Her paintings hang in collections all over the world, from the U.S. and Canada, to Europe and South America.
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