Chorus Line

by Mary Reusch
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Artist's Description

Mary was originally trained as a graphic artist and worked for twenty years in the commercial field, keeping up her interests in fine arts by taking courses and workshops. A number of years ago she left the graphic art industry to pursue further training at Aquinas College, where she completed a BFA in painting. Aquinas encouraged a classical approach to art that included working with the figure and emphasized form and structure. Mary graduated in the spring of 1999 and has been painting and showing her work in various galleries in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Glen Arbor, Chicago and South Bend. In 2005 Mary was chosen as an Artist in Residence for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where she was able to stay for a month to focus on plein air painting. In 2006 Mary participated in the Governor’s Residence Michigan Artist Program, and three of her paintings were chosen in a juried art competition. In 2007 she travelled to japan as an assistant to an artist I residence. Mary has since travelled across the states sketching and painting many of the vast panoramas of our country.
Painting landscapes gives me the opportunity to go out into nature and observe it very closely. Standing in a meadow, or in a forest or on the shore of a lake gives me a chance to soak up the essence of the land and enjoy its rhythms. Everywhere I turn, I see vignettes of these rhythms and compositions, and then need to pick and choose those scenes that express most aptly what I am sensing from that particular spot

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Oil on Linen This painting was first a quick sketch I painted while an Artist-In-Residence at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  I painted it in the late afternoon and early evening at a spot close by Central Beach.  I was drawn to the hourglass shape of the dune rising sharply above Lake Michigan as I stood next to the shoreline.  I found great interest in the analogous colors of the sand and the sky as the sun drenched them both in warm hues.  I also found the trees and bushes of particular interest as they clung to the top of the dune, feeling their unique personalities as they watch over the steady progress of the days, nights, and seasons.  The extreme height of the dune made me feel it was a stage, showcasing the “actors” at the top, and I gave it the name Chorus Line to invoke the interest of the viewer hoping them to be as entranced as I was with this unique Lake Michigan landscape
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