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Martha C. Doolin
Still-Life and Landscape Paintings

At the First Parish Art Gallery - December 12, 2008 - January 22, 2009

Doolin landscape

Doolin pumpkin still life

Artist Statement:

I paint directly from life, from nature, from what is in front of me. I am drawn to everyday objects and simple things. The most straightforward arrangement can reveal remarkable relationships and complexities when I look closely. I aspire to share these carefully observed discoveries with you.

Still life painting and landscape painting are very different physical experiences. Objects in a still life sit obligingly without moving, allowing me more leisure to explore and to render texture and detail. Painting outdoors in a constantly changing environment forces me to apply more paint with immediacy and economy. But whether I am working in a controlled environment or in plein air, my approach to painting is the same: to directly interpret what I see.


I received my formal art training at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a degree in Illustration in 1983. I have worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, and throughout the years I have supplemented my work experience with classes in design, drawing and painting.

I have most recently been studying still life and landscape painting with Robert Douglas Hunter.

I am a member of the Newton Art Association and the Weston Arts and Crafts Association.


Guild of Boston Artists Annual Juried Show, 2008
Weston Arts and Crafts Association Annual Juried Show (2006 – 2008)
Newton Open Studios (2006 – 2008)
Newton Art Association group show at the Newton Free Library (2006 – 2008)


Guild of Boston Artists, Robert Douglas Hunter Award
Weston Arts and Crafts Association Annual Show

Contact Information:

Martha Doolin
104 Fairway Drive
West Newton, MA 02465

Doolin egg still life

Gallery Exibit History

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,
Mary Jo Rines, who died on September 4, 2011. A special exhibit of Mary Jo’s work was on display
in the Gallery from September 20 – September 30, 2011.

Its purpose, as described by the founders:

The mission of The Gallery At First Parish is to add another dimension
to the spiritual fabric of our lives by exhibiting the work of visual artists
who seek to contribute to a deeper understanding of the human condition.

The Gallery is intended to be a service to the parish, the artist and the wider community.

It is open to the public without charge 9 AM – 4 PM weekdays, and 9 AM – 12:30 PM Sundays.
Interested parties may also call the Church Office (781-893-7798) for other possible viewing times.

Exhibits are listed in the First Parish Event Calendar.

Gallery Exhibits
(The current or most recent exhibit is the last one listed.)

200001  Washburn  Tingley Bing Wheeler  Mongolian Youth  Grad  
200102 Rines Hsiung Brooks Frankel Dayton    
200203 Baker Randle Kusmin Thurber Ross Warren
200304 Cohen Poirier French Canty Yang    
200405 Cody  Sprayregen  Harper Pettee Ahern    
200506 Zoller Berger  Decaneas  Daley Greenfield Boyle  
200607 Ferrara Dverin Howell Tingley Haas Brown  Cirioni 
200708 Baker Lorenzen Wooding Hsiung Rines Dauge  
200809 St. Clair Mackles Doolin Dioguardi Urban Teens  Flanagan   
200910 Westra Grandin Passman  Fulenwider  Lord    
201011 Platais Hirsch Tischler Scaltreto Rosenbaum Talcott  AllGEN 
201112 Dahlgren Cooper Weeks   Smith   Kahn  Berkley   
201213 Rogers Salter Comerford Historical Goldberg Markoff   
201314 Grob Boyle Bauman Goren Saad Novetsky  
201415 Dayton Lucas i-concepts Sanders Carberry Cohen  
201516 Grob Stoddard  
2016 - 17 Randle         Artists for Humanity

Davis &
von Rumohr

Handy Rines        

Gallery Committee

Mary Jo Rines, Chairman
Diana Bonner
Ginnie Hibbard
Karen MacDuffie
Winky Merrill
Sylvia Whitman
Tom Wintle

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