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I was reintroduced to painting a few years ago; I had a class in college about 40 years earlier (life got in the way!). After a few tries I decided it liked the challenge of watercolor and the results I’ve had. I was able to use my experience in photography for composition and some of my drafting experience.
I have concentrated on landscape work, usually from photos I have taken. Over the past seven plus years of painting, I now look at a scene and try to determine how I would paint it. This has been a new experience and I realize I have a long way to reach the lofty heights of the great painters of the past and current ones. But like everything, we must all start somewhere and who knows where it will end.
Being able to represent those scenes and subjects in life that I find interesting and beautiful is exciting for me. I’m drawn to botanical subjects and landscapes, particularly florals and gardens. Subjects of interest may also include geometric shapes, abstract patterns of light and shadow, the human form, and fish.
My art is my interpretation of the natural and built environments as I see them. It is not intended to advance political agendas or promote particular causes. Each of my drawings contains elements of challenge and experimentation to try to push my skills and abilities to new levels. I enter art contests and work with other artists to seek recognition for what I hope others will find inspiring.
I am now in a position to gather what I’ve collected, use my time, apply my skills and try to make sense and even nonsense out of it. The results often have humor, surprise and mystery. One thing I am sure of: creativity is a force, and I want to share that force with others.
I recently moved to Madison from the northwest part of the state. I express myself through watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media works and have shown and sold throughout the midwest. I welcome connecting through workshops, private lessons, mentoring, critiquing sessions, collaborating, and custom work.
Painting, Graphite, and Sculpture
Mixed media, Photography, and Painting
Painting, Pastel, and Graphite
Painting and Collage
Susan Young Hoffman
Painting, Photography, and Drawing
I like to explore ideas that I’ve captured in my camera’s visual notebook. Although my style and context range from abstract art to realistic portraits, my focus in each piece is on the use of expressive line and color to convey a sense of place and mood. One of my current projects is a children’s concept book about days of the week.
Doing art means capturing the moment. It means listening and responding to intuition. Sometimes a “spontaneous happening” is allowed to remain. It’s the process that is important. It’s when there is no distinction between the artist, the art piece and the moment
I am Marilyn O’Brien, an established Madison, Wisconsin local artist who hopes to show my work around the world through my ideas, imagination, research, and faith.
Leo Nello Rotelli
My lifelong love of the outdoors, wtih its stunning vistas, has been a great influence in my life. As well, my love for reading and the inherent art within a well-penned book, or simply the turn of a phrase, has given me inspiration for many of my paintings.
I favor a wet-on-wet technique in watercolor, but I also mix media, combining watercolor with acrylic and oil on various surfaces. My recent collage works often include flowers, leaves, and other objects of nature.
Painting and Fiber Arts
Music, art, and dance. These three creative forms of expression provided the foundation for my mixed media art and led me to create greeting cards, bookmarks, and framed art pieces with a bit of sassiness, whimsy, and nature. The materials I use, such as fabric, threads, buttons, wire, and anything I can glue down, can give the viewer a sense of movement, texture, and dimension.
Drawing, Painting, and Photography
I find inspiration in the colors of the world around me. Once the idea hits the process becomes internal… playing with color, composition and size until the image gels in my mind. After that it’s a matter of getting it down quickly.