Gene McInerney describes his style as hyper-realism. One could argue, however, that his paintings convey a bit more soul and romance than is usually associated with that style. Although detailed and defined, they have a poetic quality which speaks to the viewer and transports them to beautiful places - places he understands and enjoys and wants to share with the viewer. "Using multiple layers and a variety of colors, I try to convey a quiet, contemplative feeling. My hope is to draw viewers into my world of delicately rendered textures ... of bucolic scenes." Mr. McInerney has been painting for 60 years. He was recently chosen as one of 30 winners from 6,000 entries in Artist's Magazine's Annual International Competition. In a feature article, American Artist magazine referred to him as the "Delicate Engineer" and said of his work, "careful as they are, the paintings do not show any signs of stiffness or overwork. Rather, they convey a quiet and thoughtful feeling - as though the artist understands how everything sits in its place." Mr. McInerney uses a combination of alkyd and oil in his work.
Solo shows include: Uptown Gallery, New York City; The Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA; Capricorn Galleries, MD; and at East Stroudsburg University. Juried shows: The Art of the State, PA; Allentown Art Museum; and the Art Assoc. of Harrisburg Intl Exhibition. He has won many awards including those from the National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, the Allentown Art Museum, and Marietta College.
Mr. McInerney passed away on February 14, 2018. He will be dearly missed, but his spirit will live on always in his beautiful paintings.