Current Show – Marita Hines
The next art show at the C. X. Carlson Gallery of the Quarryville Library will open with a reception on Saturday, February 11 from 1PM until 3PM. The show will feature the watercolors of Marita Hines and is titled “My Good Life”. Her paintings will show “the beautiful countryside of her daily travels and a bit of the world beyond”. All are invited to meet the artist and enjoy the refreshments at the opening on the 11th.
Although Marita has no formal art education, she has found her way with the help of artist friends and mentors. She improves her skills and creativity through workshops and membership in plein air and drawing groups. Over the years, she has experimented with oils and ink, but her favorite medium by far is watercolor. Marita enjoys the entire process beginning with the hunt for the perfect subject matter, the decisions about layout and color choices and how to present the subject so the viewer feels a familiarity or can picture themselves a part of the painting.
“My Good Life” – Artist Statement
It has been a lifelong dream to retire from my desk job and spend my days painting and creating art. That dream was recently realized and my life is now filled with artist friends and inspirational workshops. My watercolors are snapshots of my life … the beautiful countryside I see on my daily travels and a bit of the world beyond. I gain much of my inspiration from other artists and teachers. I hope that my art and the good life it portrays brings you a little joy and maybe a little inspiration to call your own.
Future 2017 Shows:
April 1st – Laura Mark-Finberg Reception. lauramarkfinberg.com
Pennsylvania wildlife artist Laura Mark-Finberg’s paintings have been described as “windows unto the soul” of the animals she paints. During a career that has spanned more than twenty years Laura has explored a vast array of subjects in her quest to help the viewer understand a little more about the animals she paints. Laura is meticulous in her research and attention to detail and demonstrates a flawless search for truth in each painting…
Working primarily in acrylic, Laura’s technique is to build up layers of paint to create the detail, depth and reality of her paintings. According to Laura,”Unlike oil paints, acrylics are difficult to blend as they dry so fast; consequently, I use a lot of transparent washes or glazes and build up layers of paint.” Eyes are her favorite part. “Sometimes I’ll do the eyes first. If I’ve created life in the eyes the rest of the painting seems to paint itself. At other times I’ll wait to the end, almost as if there’s a reward for completing a piece.” “My favorite subject are the predators. Unlike some animals there is such awareness in the eyes.”
Laura has traveled extensively. Her research has taken her to such divergent places as the Himalayas in both Afghanistan and Kashmir and to the undersea world off the coast of Venezuela. Laura believes, “it’s the research that keeps my paintings fresh and alive. As an artist who paints wildlife I personally need to be able to reach out and touch my subject matter. I believe it gives a reality to my work that is not obtained by being sequestered in a studio.”
In a painting of a peregrine falcon it wasn’t enough to accurately depict the bird. My husband Barry and I climbed a sheer cliff face to photograph the rocks at the top of the mountain. “We sometimes place ourselves in precarious situations in an effort to capture reality in a painting.” A few years ago we took up scuba diving because of my desire to paint a part of nature that so few have the opportunity to view first hand.
Laura has won a number of “Best Of Show Awards” at Art Shows across the country,,including the 1999 Best of Show Award at the NatureWorks Show. She was the “Featured Artist” at the New England Wildlife Art Show in 1992, the National Wildlife Art Show in Kansas City in 1998 and was the Featured Artist at the Nature Works Show in Tulsa in Febuary of 2008. Her work has appeared on the cover of a number of national and regional magazines including “ INternational Wildlife Art News Magazine”.
In her home state, she has won the Pennsylvania State Conservation Print Competition on three occasions. Laura has worked with conservation groups throughout her career. In 1990 she produced Waterfowl USA’s NY 1st of State Conservation Print, and was the Member Artist of the Year for the National organization in 1991. She was one of sixteen artist from across North America selected through “The International Treaty Support Fund” a devision of the United nations to work on a limited edition leather bound book on endangered species.
Laura painted the “Companion Print of the Year” in 1995 for National Whitetails Unlimited. In 2002 working closely with The Pennsylvania Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations’ Laura produced the 1st of State Conservation Print for Pennsylvania. In both 2008 and 2009 she was one of a select group of artist from around the globe to exhibit at the juried “Artists For Conservation” exhibit at the prestigious Hiram Blauvelt Museum in Oradell, New Jersey. Recently, Laura was selected as one of three artists whose work will be featured in the 2012 National art package for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.