Local artist uses color as therapy


December 10, 2020

Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

Pia Reilly next to her paintings Morning Sun, left, and Universal, right, at the showing of her recent oil paintings on Dec. 4.

For six days, 25 of Pia Reilly's most recent oil paintings, which were beaming with color, were on display at FireLight Gallery & Framing.

Reilly said watching the colors pop out of the canvass in her paintings has been a sort of therapy for her this past year. When she is working on a watercolor piece, she will take the time to visualize an idea and sketch it out. With her recent oil paintings, Reilly said she just let her creativity flow and watched what her art turned into.

"I just start in one corner and paint away and we see what happens," said Reilly. "It's very liberating."


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