Exploring Combinations of Color
By Robert Burris
Hoyer’s interest in art started at a very young age.
Thumbing through her parents’ collection of books scanning
for any images she could find, watching her big sister
create her own drawings and being amazed at how her
observations of the world could be recorded on paper, Hoyer
was motivated to explore and study and record the world
around her. Once in high school, she would spend a lot of
time up in her bedroom with her 64-box of Crayola crayons,
making one color scheme after another. Eventually, she got
another brand of crayons that provided her with even more
color choices. “I would make a thick line of color on my pad
of paper and then place a few more lines of different
colors right next to it to see how those colors would relate
to one another,” said Hoyer.
At first, she would create geometric
drawings with a straight edge. All the shapes she created
would eventually be striped with different color schemes.
Eventually, she broke away from geometric shapes and found
flowers to be a more challenging subject matter. Following
the natural shape of a flower petal with colorful lines was
a good study for her on how to get the lines to go in the
right directions, so it appears they are on the surface of
the petals. Slowly, she combined the use of color pencil and
markers to gain a wider assortment of colors to choose from.
“I found studying colors and how they
relate to one another in a group very relaxing,” said Hoyer.
“When I would look at color there would not be words in my
head deciding if the pigments looked good together. Either
the combination of the different hues worked together for
what I had in mind, or they didn’t and then I would explore
In her early 20s’ Hoyer’s switched to
oil painting. “Oil painting allowed me to create exactly
what color I had in my head for a particular area of my
painting,” she said. At that time, she worked at United
Parcel Service, and as a freelance graphic artist, pursued
her Bachelor degree in fine Arts from the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago, graduating with a BFA in 1995.
Most of her paintings are 4’by 4’. She
enjoys the freedom that a large canvas provides – so much
room to create. Long, flowing lines that blend from one
color to another, accenting or blending in with the lines
next to it.
Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keeffe
were great influences in Hoyer’s life. “Van Gogh’s heavy
painting style and the colors he chose to put side-by-side
fascinated me,” she said.
Hoyer works with abstract placement of
color and shapes to produce the surfaces of the objects she
paints. Each surface is composed of a series of interrelated
color segment, which together blend to make a visually
appealing scene. The colors she chooses are bright and vivid
and the objects she paints are striking and alive and
flowing. Her themes vary from wild predators, such as lions,
tigers and wolves to subjects like the moon, water and fire.
Hoyer moved from Illinois to Sedona to concentrate on her
art. “The art community her is very supportive and active,”
she said. The pace allows her to continue exploring her art.
Her work has been on display and sold
in Saugatuck, Michigan and Horizon Gallery in Santa Fe, New
Hoyer’s work also can be seen at The
Sedona Trading Post in the Village of Oak Creek, or at the
Red Rock Fine Art and Wine Festival at the Sedona Cultural
Park, May 24-26. For additional information on Hoyer, call