Marci Carlson - Painting
"In my art I slow down the world and pause it for just a moment, one moment that would last for eternity. If beauty is relative, it is certainly relative to the very few moments when we have the opportunity to appreciate its reflection with precision and to embrace the imperfections.
I am a student of life and it has taught me to appreciate the depth of beauty in nature. I focus on the small things that can be missed by a casual glance. I see the wrinkle in a face, the vein in a flower, the draping fabric because they are an essential piece of beauty.
I use oil paints on canvas or linen, mixed medium and an occasional watercolor through which I seek to capture the character of what I see. I try to find and create an image that seems to suspend time long enough to study and enjoy each detail.
Having studied and worked as an R.N. has given me an immense knowledge of human anatomy which is essential to portrait painting. I have always had a love for art. I began drawing animals at the age of six. I never lost my first love. It wouldn't be until later in life that I would have the opportunity to attend the Baton Rouge Fine Arts Academy. There I have studied art in the traditional old master's style.
Once I relocated to Pennsylvania I was mentored by Jamie Cooper out of Ligonier. She remains the main influence in my art today. I am presently participating in Jeff Watts online Atelier program."