Lo Hennessey is a Massachusetts-based artist who graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons University in 2016. She specializes in acrylic paintings, oil paintings, and watercolor paintings. Her work is characterized by vibrant colors, loud vision, and feminist energy.
Lo is interested in incorporating human anatomy and biomechanics in her paintings, utilizing her experience with human body dissection and postural analysis as the basis of her artwork. As a novice artist, she hopes to continue her journey towards anatomical realism while incorporating elements of abstraction, anatomical distortion, and impressionism.
INTERVIEW WITH LO HENNESSEY
Describe yourself as an artist and when did you discover your passion for art?
I am a visual artist, my favorite medium being oil paint, however I enjoy photography and fashion. My artistry has been continually shifting based on what I’m learning and my current life needs. In retrospect, I was always an artist, however my focus on art began with the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.
What is the most challenging issue for you as a painter?
The most challenging issue as a painter is getting the paintings seen and finding a demographic of clients that are invested in my story.
What’s the main impact of social media in both ways for a painter?
Social media is a great way to self promote and increase visibility, however sometimes feel hindered by fear of judgment from others, which can impact self expression negatively.
How do you manage to connect with your clients and how important is a gallery for an artist today?
I connect with clients through Instagram, my online art gallery, and art shows. I’ve primarily been promoting my work through my online art gallery, but I’m sure networking with art galleries would be great to increase clientele. I have not yet displayed in an art gallery but am not averse to the opportunity.
What do you think is your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement to date is choosing to go to therapy and improve my self esteem to discover my own worth. This is what has allowed me to connect with my artistic side and create over the past couple years.
What do you think about digital art?
Digital art is such a broad term- I suppose once my physical paintings are photographs on my computer, they become “digital art.” I’ve accepted that this is likely the way of the future, but there is something special about a physical piece of custom art that I feel drawn to versus purchasing art digitally.
There is a place where you feel more inspired? Which one?
I do not have a specific place where inspiration strikes, as I find inspiration most anywhere I go. I do have a tendency to pace in my home while forming ideas.
What do you think about the opportunity of selling your pieces online nowadays and where we can find them?
Selling online is great because the reach to other communities is greater. You can find my art gallery at www.LoHennyArt.com. Prints are available for purchase on the website, for information on originals email contact@LoHennyArt.com
In which country would be your dream exhibition?
I would love to exhibit in England, France, or Italy.
Imagine that you must write a letter to your FUTURE SELF. What would you write?
I would write about hoping that I’ve reached success in the arts, but even if others are not seeing the value in my work or story, to never give up.
This includes 3 oil paintings intended to highlight the female form. The model is an avid yogi, with the paintings demonstrating joint hypermobility in the spine, hips, feet, and elbow, while incorporating vibrant color and femininity. The 4th oil painting is entitled “Moneymaker,” which incorporates the artist’s interest in fashion, gurative distortion, vibrant color, and the female form.