Gerald Craft Hennesy

Classic Landscape and Seascape Painter

"Shenandoah Valley Fields"
Oil 18 x 24


Grazing Pastures


16 x 20


Blue Ridge Treeline


16 x 20

Artist Gerald Hennesy, a native of Washington, D.C., is an impressionist working in both oils and watercolors. He attended the Corcoran School of Art on a scholarship and began his art career as a newspaper artist, but after Naval duty during WW II and Korea, he devoted himself exclusively to fine art painting. Since 1972, he has maintained his studio in Virginia. During frequent painting trips along the East Coast and to Europe, he is often accompanied by two of his six children, sons Paul and Shawn, who also are artists.

Gerald is particularly interested in depicting the effect of light on his landscape and maritime subjects while retaining his freshness of color and expressive brushwork. He has been with McBride Gallery since it’s opening in 1980. "The past twenty-plus years have been artistically exciting for me", says Gerald. "One of the beauties of art is that a goal of complete perfection is never attainable. There is always a new artistic problem to solve with each painting and this continues to keep my life interesting.?"

In 1987, inspired by the French Impressionists, Gerald went on his first painting trip to southern France, quickly followed by travels to Normandy, Brittany, and Perigord. Excelling in both watercolor and oil, Gerald is currently enjoying the challenge of plein air oils, working with a brighter palette and emphasizing more painterly brushwork.

His work has been exhibited widely in commercial and museum galleries including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Corcoran Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum. He is a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters (WSLP). His paintings are in numerous private, corporate and public collections, including the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Department, the Maryland State Mansion, the DAR headquarters, and the American Legion Headquarters. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Art. Hennesy was accepted as one of the top 100 artists in the 2001 Arts for the Parks exhibition and in the top 50 for miniature works in 2002.

Gerald Hennesy in his studio

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