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Artist Marsha Thrift


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ARTIST STATEMENT
 
Painting with soft pastels energizes me as I discover and attempt to convey the rich colors and textures that I see in the world around me.  As I work in my painterly, and slightly impressionistic, style, I am intrigued with the way that light falls onto objects, creating patterns of light and dark values,  and the fascinating interplay of warm and cool colors. I strive for each work of art to truly express something insightful within me, not to simply be a copy of what I am seeing. I especially love painting people, animals and plein air landscapes, and I describe my work as “painterly realism.”    BIOGRAPHY As long as I can remember, I have loved to draw and paint. Majoring in art in college and teaching art to children and adults have encouraged me to experiment with almost every medium imaginable — charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, oil, watercolor, acrylic, batik, fabric painting, encaustic, sculpture, collage and mixed media. After taking a watercolor course my senior year in college, I was hooked and have been completely intrigued with it’s unpredictable surprises. It has challenged me for years and continues to entice me with its numerous possibilities and varied techniques for expression — from painterly bold strokes to dry brush application to loose watery washes. I began experimenting with pastels while painting several years ago and discovered the joy of working with true vivid color. Ever since I picked up my first “Crayola,” I have loved colors and textures. The direct application of the pure pastel pigment resulting in beautiful velvety color keeps me exploring this medium. I apply the pastel with my favorite of all artist’s tools — my fingers. The contact with the paper and the explosion of color and texture is exhilarating [...]

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