Marla Greenfield, AWS



Artist Statement

     I am drawn to watercolors because of the transparency and 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 themselves are  primarily an excuse to paint the light that plays off their surfaces.

     For me,  light is often defined by the absence of paint, the white of the paper, offset by rich shadow shapes and a wide range of values.  I start wet into wet, allowing the colors merge and bleed beautifully on the paper,  letting the paints do what they do best.  I use numerous glazes to produce rich darks. The luminosity of the paint allows earlier layers to show through, revealing an exceptional glow. I often like to zoom in on my subjects, producing intimate portraits, closely drawing the viewer in. These include florals, still lifes, interiors, doorways and windows. I paint things that I find beautiful, situations I find peaceful and calming. I wish to bring those feelings to the viewer.