MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
Artist StatementMy paintings reflect how pattern emerges from random events, how random events form memory, and how the passage of time shapes a life. The work draws on the ordering principles of mathematics and science to contemplate how order, sequence and memory are created from random or chaotic events. I paint on aluminum honeycomb panels and on steel - the material is an integral component in the creative process. Successive layers of acrylic paint are applied, sanded, heated, and then reapplied to create the depth of the surface. Some surfaces are etched and others are drilled. A final layer of wax and raw pigment pulls out the patina and richness of the layered colors.
Hester received her MFA in painting from the University of Maryland in 1994 and BFA from the University of Michigan in 1983. She is represented by Susan Eley Fine Art in New York City and Kaller Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. Hester's work is in numerous private and corporate collections and has exhibited both internationally and nationally. Hester's commission work includes atrium pieces for Memorial Sloan Kettering, Airbus, Booz Allen Hamilton, NEA Member Benefits and Chicago Kent College of Law. She has received honrary grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, Maryland. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.