My large-scale watercolors of natural subjects have a vivid, dramatic presence. Image and technique combine to summon the viewer’s own inner landscape of memories and emotions.
Color excites me — seeing it, mixing it, working it into many transparent layers in images of heightened color and light bringing nature into crystalline focus.
They are elaborately detailed, introspective, and can take from four to ten months to complete. Watercolor is my chosen medium because the jewel-like purity of its colors and the fluidity of the brush moving across the page in a pool of water allow me to achieve a range of expression truly unique to this medium. The transparency of this medium allows me to build many complex layers of color and afford me the contemplation that is central to my process.
For the past 8 years, Coastal Maine has been the source of my subject matter for my watercolor landscapes. It is here that I find a landscape richly evocative of the timeless and universal archetypes of being — the sovereignty of the island, the connectedness of the forest, the ebb and flow of the tidal pathway. These are the powerful metaphors that inspire and guide my work and my life.
I begin the physical work on-site with a fast and intuitive loose plein air study and then take numerous reference photos spanning 360 degrees, including earth and sky. I return to the scene many times over during the course of creating a watercolor. The paintings are painted in my studio from the plein air sketches, memory, reference photos and additional watercolor studies done in the studio.
Marjorie Glick is known for her large scale and vivid realism watercolors that are inspired by the coastal Maine landscape and by the beauty found in nature. She has exhibited at the DeCordova Museum, Berkshire Art Museum, Brockton Art Museum, Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MA and the Forum Gallery in New York. In Maine, she exhibits at The Turtle Gallery in Deer isle. Her work is in over 40 corporate and private collections. She is the recipient of grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (Artist’s Resource Trust Grant) and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and taught at the DeCordova Museum School, in Lincoln, MA from 1987-2012. She leads plein air workshops each summer in Maine and in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.