Maryland Pastel Society newsletter

FEATURED ARTIST

Maria Marino

Maria Marino
Born in Washington, D.C., I now live in the beautiful surroundings of rural Western Howard County Maryland with my husband and daughter.  I am a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design and employed as a full time licensed Interior Designer in Washington, D.C.   Even though I do not paint day in and day out, when I do, it is when I feel most complete.  I cannot express the euphoric rushes I get when deeply engaged in painting.
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"Serenity"
I enjoy the use of pastels mostly because I feel that the medium has not yet experienced its full potential.  I like my paintings to be truly unique in technique.  I’ve chosen to focus on the intimate settings of landscape of nature and architecture.  When I can get out and paint in plein air, it is then that I feel most fulfilled.  It is when I can fuse light and color together that I feel that paintings take on life.
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 “Ala Maison”
I’ve said in my discussions on art that I can taste color.  Some look at me strangely; some understand completely.  I feel it is a gift, something that was given to me for a reason.  For without color, my world would not exist.  Color is light; light is color.  Through the use of light and color, I would like my art to tell a story and I don’t want that story to have boundaries but be endless in imagination.  With this, my roots are deep in the tradition of drawing; it being the binding element, the foundation of my art.  It’s my sketchbook that goes almost everywhere with me.
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"Soliloquy III"
I have a deep admiration and respect for the works of masters like John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida and Claude Monet.  It is the work of these masters that I get my inspiration, for they are true painters.  For when I look at Sargent’s work, it makes me want to quit altogether.  Not really, but in his work he was able to capture everything one could hope for and then some.  For whatever the subject was, it almost seemed that it was effortless for him to paint it.  The way the light permeates the subject.  If I could only achieve a smidge of what he did, I would be happy.
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"Serendipity"
My work has recently been recognized by the Allied Artists of America in winning the Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award in Pastel in 2010, and by the Pastel Society of America winning the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay Award in 2010 and the Southeastern Pastel Society Award in 2009.  I have been accepted as a full member of the National Arts Club in New York City.

Website:  www.mariamarinoart.com