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Marsha Chandler is an internationally recognized watercolor artist who creates contemporary realism that is bold and powerful. Her watercolors reflect detail, drama and a unique use of light and shadow that effectively capture the gloss and texture of glass, the depth and solidity of metal and the delicacy of apples, pears and others.
She strives to reflect overlooked objects and little things in day-to-day life in her vibrant paintings instilling an appreciation for their beauty. Her paintings have been showcased in many international, national and museum exhibitions across the United States. She has been published in many national and international magazines. Most recently she was honored by having a demonstration article published in International Artist magazine.
What is your medium and your process? I paint in watercolor which captivates and challenges me. Building up the painting in layers creates a more fascinating visual experience. The key to creating intense, compelling contrast is layering glazes of paint. Using transparent watercolors lets the light from the paper shines through the paint and creates a sparkle that you can’t get with other paints.
Describe what inspires your artwork. I find reflections and refractions in silver and glass very fascinating to paint. The more difficult it is, the better I like it. Vivid colors appeal to me so anything that is brightly colored is potential for a still life. Potential subjects for still lifes are endless and they are everywhere I look. I select items for their color, form, and texture, or simply because they have a personal, intimate meaning to me. I am drawn to vintage items that might be family heirlooms or simply things I have acquired over time. I’m always on the lookout for something that grabs my attention and makes me look twice…thinking how the light would catch the colors in a dish with cherries, for example.
What sets your artwork apart from others? What makes it special? I consider my work “Contemporary Realism” with “light” being my focus. My still-life paintings are the same subject matter as “traditional” ones, but mine are depicted in a different composition. I like to crop the image so that the subject spills off the edges of the paper bringing the image forward in a most compelling manner. Most of my paintings are of fruits and vegetables and include silver or glass. However, what I really love painting is anything shiny or clear that reflects of refracts light. Reflections or refractions create petite abstract designs that intrigue and excite me.
How would you describe your studio? My studio is actually a mobile office situated in the middle of our pasture a few hundred feet from our house. It is my sanctuary. It’s under some trees and I can’t see anything but pasture and forest. I feel like I’m in a cabin far away from everyone and everything when I’m there.
What do collectors love about your art? And what have you learned from them?
They love the ‘light’ that I create in the paintings. It mesmerizes as they are drawn into the painting and keeps them lingering throughout the painting. The compelling contrast in my paintings creates additional drama and emotion for the viewer.
What other interests, besides your artwork, do you have?
Spending time with my grandchildren is my most favorite! I also love boating on the lake and its best when my children and grandchildren are with me.
When and why did you decide to become an artist? Why is this so important to you?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like to draw and paint. . Even as a child art was what I loved to do the most. Creating art is essential to me and is a vital part of who I am. It’s in my soul. It’s what I love to do, what I do well and what makes me happy! I’ve always been an artist in my soul. It’s simply who I am. I am not complete without art in my life.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
JURIED EXHIBITS 2016
JURIED EXHIBITS 2015
RECOGNITIONS and AWARDS
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