Known for her vibrant, richly colored landscapes and her abstracts that evoke the moods of nature, Addie Hocynec's style is both free flowing and imaginative, charged with spontaneity and energy. Her landscapes are meditations on the subtler aspects of nature and the seductive power of light, color and texture. She works in a variety of media including dyes on silk, pastels, oils, acrylics, photography and most recently digital. Her fascination with color and all its nuances is a driving force for her work.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Addie graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Art. She had all intentions of pursueing a career in art therapy but took a slight detour and ended up in the field of Photography. She attended the Antonelli School of Photography for two years specializing in commercial photography and then worked for several different studios including the Seymour Mednick Studio in Philadelphia and a printing house in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
In addition to photography, which has been a life long passion, Addie has pursued careers in real estate, industrial sales, and was co-manager of a mortgage company. In 1992, she was introduced to the art of silk painting while attending a national art show. "Initially, it was color that first attracted me to this medium-vibrant, sensuous color with a luster and radiance all its own. This lustrous substance provides a canvas where fluidity and movement are the hallmarks."
She has been painting on silk for almost 20 years. In 1992, she exhibited for the first time with the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen concentrating mainly on wearable silks. The following year she was juried into the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Since 1995, she has focused mainly on fine art shows, such as Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Immaculata University Art Show and Phillips Mill Art Show. She exhibits regularly at many of the area's juried and non-juried shows. Her work has been selected at over 60 open juried shows and she has won numerous awards for her work including the American Artist Magazine award for the Northeast Watercolor Society and the American Framing Award for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 102nd Anniversary Show.
Addie enjoys the challenge of working in a variety of media. She finds each medium has something special to offer. For her, painting is a process of discovery-a willingness to take chances and explore what each medium has to offer. Most recently, she has embarked on a journey into the digital world of fractals.