AP Studio Artist – Abbey Hoffmann (STM ’20)
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AP Studio Artist – Abbey Hoffmann (STM ’20)

This semester I really wanted to focus on something that made me happy and I would never get tired of. Throughout the semester and especially during this quarantine, listening to classical piano pieces and playing the instrument myself was an escape from my day to day life. Listening to the music’s chords and melodies, learning about the composer’s inspirations for their piece, and my own personal feelings when hearing them helped me to pick this idea for my concentration.                

The central idea of my sustained investigation is the Piano and although it is defined by its black and white features, the feelings it gives me and the places it transports me to are instead filled with endless color. I wanted to expand from the classic image of the piano as being in a practice room or concert hall and show that its music carries to all corners of the world. When creating this work I played with different techniques including shadowing, texturing, and color choices so that each scene would appear as if it were actually in front of you. Mainly using acrylic paint as my medium, I was able to understand how to manipulate it as to appear smooth and polished almost like a photograph. I had fun creating realistic scenes that each piano piece helped transport me to. I hope that when you look at my work you not only feel like you are in that scene, but also can hear the music that guided me when I painted them.

Une Braque Sur L’océan, Acrylic, 24” x 36”
Suite Bergamasque: Clair de lune, Acrylic, 12” x 8”
Vladimir’s Blues, Acrylic, 12” x 8”
Dearly Beloved, Acrylic, 8” x 10”
Chopin: Ballade No.1, Opus. 23, G Minor, Acrylic, 10” x 12”
12 Etudes, Op. 25, No.12 In C Minor, Acrylic, 12” x 8”
Opus 20, Acrylic, 6 ½” x 8 ¼“
Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Photograph
Colorful Keys, Acrylic, 18” x 8”

Please leave a comment for Abbey below!


  1. Wow! Love these. Can almost hear the music by getting lost in the art. Thank you

    Rebecca scerpella
  2. I love these ESPECIALLY opus 20!

  3. WOW!!!! Just breathtaking, simply beautiful! I should hire you to paint a picture of my dogs!!! If interested, let me know!! Mrs. Stan

    Nanice Staniszewski
  4. Oh my gosh!! These are Beautiful paintings, Abbey! You are a Very talented ARtIst. I hope you continue to pursue this passion even if it is simply For personal Gratification. Congratulations on graduatiOn. Good luck to you 🙂

    Ann Horzewski
  5. Nicely done Abbey! while I enjoy all of your work, I really like Clair de Lune and colorful keys! Be strong, keep the faith and you will go very far Abbey! linda kowalski

    Linda Kowalski
  6. Hi Abbey,
    ThesE are absolutely amazing and you are so incredibly talented!
    I miss seeing you everyday and miss your fantastic smile and your bubbly
    Personality that liT up the room And always made me feel better!!
    Missing you and congratulations on your graduation and all the very best in your Bright future!
    Gail Clough ( lunch lady/cashier)

    Gail Clough
  7. Love love esPecially colorful keys.

    Paula Storniolo
  8. OMG Abbey! The Une Braque Sur L’océan painting feels like I could get lost in that painting. Unbelievable Work! Well done. You are so talented!!!

    Mr. KELLY
  9. Abbey, you are quite a talented young lady! Amazing capture of how listening to music can transport us to places. All of your pieces invoke sound. I especially love Une Braque Sur LOcean. I can hear the GENtleness of the soft ocean breeze and feel the peacefulness and solitude of just sitting on the ocean shore. Beautiful work Abbey!

    Kara Raflik
  10. amazing! You have so much talent.

    Shannon Wagner

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