Partnering abstract design with representational art inspires Marleen to find many different possibilities for painting from photographs. What does the photo say to her? The natural beauty of nature? Or perhaps a mood?
Most of Marleen’s paintings begin with random shapes she paints on her paper, using only three colors. She continues to pull out a design using just those three colors, and sometimes white. She paints in acrylic, ink, and watercolor. At first Marleen resisted risking the quality of her results by allowing the unpredictability of intuitive painting to take over, but she soon discovered that it is the unknown, inherent in trying something new, that forces attention on the final result. The painting is improved using this method.
Marleen has been actively involved in art throughout her life. She was an art instructor at Southwestern Community College, in Brookings, Oregon, for 13 years. After moving to Amador County in 1999, she taught watercolor classes until Covid hit. Marleen is the current president of the Amador County Artists’ Association, and she is a member/owner of Gallery 10 in Sutter Creek. A collection of her paintings hangs at Gallery 10, and during October she will be the Featured Artist.
A reception will be held for Marleen on Saturday, October 2, 2-5 P.M. Stop by, say hello, have a snack, and enjoy Marleen’s beautiful new collection of paintings.