Pickerel Lake Fall

by Mary Reusch
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Artist's Description

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.
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.

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Oil on Linen on Panel 13-1/2" x 17-1/2" While working on this plein air painting from Pickerel Lake, near Rockford, Michigan, I was able to stand on a large dock that stretches across the water in a path-like fashion. This area is often busy with walkers, fisherman, photographers and other beauty seekers. On a fall day, I enjoy capturing the combination of warm and cool colors (in reverse to the aerial perspective), the reflections on the water, and the pattern of waves and ripples. A large evergreen and its surrounding “court” is often my focus with its princely stance on the further shore.

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