Pickerel Lake Other Shore

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 12" x 15" To create this painting I stood on a dock like pedestrian bridge over a water soaked bog next to the lake. This site at Pickerel Lake (a nature preserve near Rockford, Michigan) captures both a near shore and a far distant shore. The silhouette of trees is both colorful and varied and the various landscape striations creates alternating warm-cool color interest. To reach this spot I am forced to carry my easel and paints some distance, but feel the location more than makes up for the hike.<
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