Marsha Chandler is a watercolorist who is realizing her childhood dream of being a professional artist. She creates expressive still lifes and vivid landscapes which express her love of details and objects or scenes that evoke a sense of history. She finds subjects for her still life paintings in common objects that surround her daily-even a trip to the farmer's market for fruits and vegetables inspires her to paint.
Since becoming a full-time artist, Marsha has studied extensively and taken workshops with regionally and nationally known artists. Her paintings have been accepted into regional and national juried exhibits and have garnered a number of awards. In addition, she has had several solo shows.
Marsha is a member of the Douglas County Art Guild and Southern Watercolor Society, an Advanced Merit Member of Atlanta Artists Center and a signature member of Georgia Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of Alabama.
"Art is a thread that has run through my life since I was very young. Now, since becoming a full-time artist, I recognize that creating art is essential to me and is a vital part of who I am. Using vivid colors, texture and light, I paint vibrant, close-up views of everyday objects and things that suggest stories of the past-a copper teakettle, an elegant silver vase, a weathered wagon, a rusted tractor.
I paint in a representational style, but I like to complicate my paintings with the distortions of reflections, refractions in glass and silver, and shadows that move in and out. I try to evoke a feeling of intimacy in the viewer and draw him or her into the intricacies of the painting to see and experience a new perspective or thought about the subject."
Tom resides and paints in the Georgia mountains. He received his bachelor's degree in art from Florida State University, and studied with Robert Brackman, William Schultz, and Charles Reid. Tom has taught drawing and painting classes, and is a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society. His paintings have received numerous exhibition awards and are included in private and corporate collections in the US and abroad.
"I love pastels - the feel of the pastel in my hand, how it reacts to the paper's surface, the fact that it is pure, raw pigment. There is an amazing journey that occurs between the initial vision and the finished piece of art. I want the viewer to experience some of that journey. Strokes of color are placed next to each other creating an atmosphere of light and shadow inspired by the simplest of elements - a rock, a single fence, post, a cow."
Visit his site at www.fifthavenueartgallery.com