Saul Lake Bog and Trees

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 Panel 12" x 18" This plein air painting was begun on site at Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve near Rockford Michigan. Focusing on a group of evergreens, I stood on a deck that was built to enable visitors to observe the bog without harming the fragile balance of life it holds. I painted in the early afternoon during a wet season to capture the effect of earth being submerged by water in this natural cranberry habitat. The area is home to a host of different aquatic birds as well as field birds and I always enjoy the site for it's quietude and serenity when I visit to paint.

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