520 E. Savannah Rd. Lewes, DE 19958

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Michelle Marshall

My work is primarily focused on landscapes. Living at the beach affords great inspiration for my work. The numerous state parks of the Delaware Bay Watershed, and the glades, marshes and estuaries of the mid-atlantic region beckon to me. I always begin with a specific place in mind, working both from photos and from direct observation, but my philosophy and technique is that the painting will evolve in its own unique way. The work is impressionistic and tonal, meaning that I am taking into consideration and seeking to evoke a sense of feeling and atmosphere through color and value.

 

What I start with is not necessarily what I will end up with, and in this respect I am consciously influenced by the philosophies of the Abstract Expressionist movement,. I believe this keeps the painting fresh and spontaneous and adds a certain abstracted realism to the work. I paint traditional subject matter in a contemporary way. I am often asked about the specifics of my technique. My process has evolved from my early experience in painting and in teaching others in transparent watercolor. With my love of color and texture it was necessary to do a lot of experimentation to get the effects I desired. I bring the results of this experimentation to my paintings today by using different techniques to put the paint down on canvas or paper: glazing, splattering, scraping, spraying, using cloths and tissues, palette knives, and fingers (utilizing these techniques both in the painting itself and in preparing the gessoed surface as well, prior to painting in color) all in pursuit of a multi-layered and rich painting filled with color, atmosphere and spontaneity.

 

The artwork pictured here is a representation of this artist's work. We aim to display only pieces that are currently in the gallery, though some may have been sold. If you are interested in purchasing a particular piece by this artist, please call the gallery at (302) 645-0551.