An artist speaks from personal experiences, knowledge, and beliefs and rarely gets to "see" the finished piece. The work is completed by the viewer's own imagination and intelligence.
A native Texan with an Associates Fine Art degree, I have painted full-time since 1999. I am hooked on the process of trying to place my vision of something on a canvas. I want to help viewers see things in a new way. Seeing through an artist’s eye is thrilling beyond words. What a gift that is. Here's an example of why I paint. In Rockport TX, I was with a group of artists painting in a boat yard. One of the workers stopped by to watch. He said, " I never knew it was beautiful." I hope my paintings change the way people understand their world.
Wherever I am, I prefer to paint from life and I am inspired by painting outside (plein aire) or interiors/still life inside. My style might be called “painterly realism”. A love for travel has taken me to wonderful locations—domestic and foreign--to paint and I have a treasure of reference photos from those trips.
Workshop teachers who have influenced me include: Ann Templeton, Gay Faulkenberry, Quang Ho, Scott Burdick, Ray Vinella, and Dick Turner. The legacies of Chase, Sargent, Sorolla, Bongart, Fechin, and scores of others live and inspire through images and the written word. I am a member of the following: Outdoor Painters Society, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, Houston Plein Air Painters, Galveston Art League.
Until the age of ten, I mostly lived with my grandparents. They were hard-working and their home was simple with little decoration and no art. Travel was not in the budget. I don’t remember drawing or having drawing tools as a child or teenager. I didn’t miss these things because they were never on my radar. The first paintings I recall were from my elementary school in Ennis, a small town near Dallas. Gainsborough's Blue Boy and Pinkie hung large in the front hall of the school. I can still see those paintings. They didn’t really seem to impress me at the time but I have seen them in my mind’s eye many times since I started painting. When I was in junior high school, the music teacher said I should take art because I couldn’t sing. (Still can't sing.) All I remember about that art class was making papier mache masks.
My grandmother was a seamstress and I spent time at her feet, pushing the pedal on her treadle sewing machine. She could make the most wonderful clothes, often without a pattern. She taught me to crochet at a young age and needlework was my creative outlet for years.
Married at a young age, I was a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful sons and had time to sew and do needle crafts. Later, I became a dressmaker like my grandmother. I believe that instilled a love of taking simple materials and making something special. Art is the epitome of the phrase value added. When my children were older and I was working (outside the home), a friend encouraged me to take an oil painting class with her. I couldn’t draw a lick and holding a brush was very awkward but I stuck with it.
Painting is not a static discipline. It involves constantly growing and maturing.
Painting was just a hobby for years. I joined a local art league and started looking at other artists’ work. I guess I got the bug. I decided I had to get better or give it up. I couldn’t give it up and it has taken the place of most other creative activities. I have worked hard to learn about value/shape/color/temperature/composition/brushwork/line--the elements that go into making a good painting. The occasional successful piece keeps me going. It always will. Painting is not a static discipline. It involves constantly growing and maturing. Workshops, books, and painting many paintings helped me and still help me in that growing. It is a life-long pursuit.
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HONORS/AWARDS Collectors include institutions, corporations, and individuals throughout the United States and France. A few awards and honors are listed here:
2019--Three Honorable Mentions, Annual Galveston Art League Open Juried Show
2019--3rd Annual American Impressionist Society Impressions Small Works Showcase, Crooked Tree Arts Center, MI
2019--Merit Award, Plein Air Southwest 2019 Juried Competition
2019--First Place Galveston Art League Spring Juried Show
2018--First Place--Brushes by the Beach, G Lee Gallery, Galveston TX
2013--Honorable Mention--Plein Air Southwest Salon, Southwest Gallery, Dallas TX 2012--Honorable Mention--Houston Civic Arts Association Open Juried Show
2010--Featured in Southwest Art Magazine, April edition
2010--Artists in Plein View invited artist, Fort Worth TX, Camp Fire USA benefit 2009—Artists in Plein View invited artist—Second place for Ashley in Quick Draw event at benefit paint-out for Camp Fire USA at Fort Worth TX Botanic Garden 2006—International Artist Magazine—Finalist, Still Life and Floral competition Oct/Nov issue . 2006—Artists’ Choice Award for Gazebo painted during quick draw, OPS Plein Air Texas 2006. 2005—Feb issue Artist’s Magazine--Featured in article Everything in its Place. 2006–Salon International, juried competition, San Antonio TX 2004--Salon International —Two pieces selected, Provence Flowers & St. Remy Café (featured in Southwest Art, Texas Best of the West, May 2004). 2004 published in How Did You Paint That/100 Ways to Paint Favorite Subjects by International Artist Magazine International Artist Magazine 2003, Aug/Sept issue, Island Shadows featured in article-- Master Painters of the World, United States
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, - 281-455-4378Marta Stafford Fine Art
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