|"Evening Catch," 12" x 16"|
Through March 7, 2014, several of Chamberlain's oil paintings will hang in the gallery at the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. These rich landscapes will encourage passersby to pause and reflect—and, perhaps, to notice the artist's openness to experimentation.
"I tried a new alla prima approach with a few paintings, and I like the results," Chamberlain says. "The paintings were each done within a few hours and have a fresh look about them. I worked with only three colors on a white surface; my medium was pure linseed oil, to keep the paint from drying quickly. I used not only one large brush, but also wads of Bounty paper towels, either crushed or folded, for sharper edges."
|"First Snow," 12" x 24"|
"A group of Brownies under escort recently came into my studio," she says. "The little girls had so many rapid-fire questions, all of them very interesting. I was asked if I ever painted cheerleaders.
"'I don’t believe I ever have,' I replied. 'Why don’t you show me how?' The eight-year-old made a wonderful drawing of three cheerleaders jumping about. We parted with my asking her to come back in about six months and see if I had completed this painting. Four little girls broke into large smiles, came over to where I was sitting, and each gave me a large hug! It was a heartwarmer."
Meet Marietje Chamberlain at the Torpedo Factory in studio 225, and see more of her work at www.marietje.com.