At the First Parish Art Gallery - March 10, 2006 - April 28, 2006
Artists Statement: I am drawn to watercolors because of the transparency and the luminosity I can achieve with them. I paint primarily to depict the beauty of light and the delicacy of the medium enables me to capture the range of variations in value and color that light reveals, from striking to subtle. The objects I paint are mostly an excuse to paint the light that plays off their surfaces. Sometimes the light is reflective and creates almost abstract patterns of that which surrounds it. Other times it is translucent as in "Bougainvillea".
The light is often defined by the absence of paint, the white of the paper, augmented by colorful and interestingly shaped shadows. In watercolor specifically, planning for and leaving the lights constantly challenges me, as does the task of creating wide value variations with numerous glazes, to get those deep darks. The need for planning does not eliminate my spontaneity, which happens as the colors merge and bleed beautifully on the paper within shapes, often the shadow shapes a characteristic unique to watercolor that I love to observe. The shadow shapes offer me a chance to enhance the hues that I see with the colors of my palette. And the luminosity of the media allows prior layers to show through, revealing an exceptional glow.
I often like to zoom in on my subjects, leading to intimate portraits, closely drawing the viewer in. This is evident in my florals and still lifes. I am also drawn to interiors with sunlight streaming in and scenes from local New England towns, from Nantucket to Maine including porches, store fronts, street scenes, doorways, all illuminated by early morning or late afternoon light. The sun at these times of day, creates the most interesting patterns of light and shadow. I paint things that I find beautiful, situations of find peaceful and calming. I wish to bring those feelings to the viewer.
About the Artist: Marla Greenfield, an award winning watercolorist, has been involved in art since she was a girl. Over the past eight years, she has been concentrating on watercolors almost exclusively, having studied most recently with Andrew Kusmin, past president of the New England Watercolor Society. She is Vice President of the New England Watercolor Society, a signature member and a member of its board. Until 1998, she spent fifteen years in the investment business at Adams Harkness and Hill, an institutional investment firm, seven years as a high tech analyst and the remainder in institutional sales. She retired in January '98 to spend more time with her children and be able to more fully pursue her art career. Her work is currently on display Florentine Frames in Weston Massachusetts. Marla lives in Wayland with her husband and two children.
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About the Mary Jo Rines Gallery At First Parish
The Gallery At First Parish opened September 17, 2000.
On September 13, 2011, the Standing Committee voted to name the Gallery in
honor of its founder,
Its purpose, as described by the founders:
The mission of The Gallery At First Parish is to add another dimension
The Gallery is intended to be a service to the parish, the artist and the
Mary Jo Rines
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