I use the remarkable beauty of fish to create abstract, bold, and
elegant works of art. I find the colors and patterns of fish to be so striking, and when combined with looking at them in their environments (like water rushing over their scales or the sun filtering through their fins) I discovered my love of the outdoors is in a way, paralleled with acknowledging the natural beauty of fish patterns. I sample the methods of expressionistic, impressionistic, and abstractpainting techniques to make connections between the lines, color, and form created in fish, natural environments, and my own memories of the outdoors- all is connected. The goal of my work is to capture the energy felt when admiring any moment of beauty in nature. Those who fish often find the imagery instantly recognizable but even people who do not fish find something spectacular in the work. This is what intrigues me and fuels my interest to paint fish as a subject.
Cynthia’s technique of superimposing textures, images, graffiti, glazes, and washes of paint creates a “visual threshold” which allows the viewer to look “at” as well as “through” the painting. One is left with a palimpsest memory of preexisting stages. As humans we only see anything through a cloudy lens of our own memories, dreams, desires and intentions. Painting, for her, serves as a metaphor for the phenomenon of recollection. The paintings are an ongoing process of addition and subtraction. Cynthia likes closing away lower layers, or scarring them except for scattered reminders that more is happening in the piece that what is perceived on the surface. To her, her paintings mimic the process of remembering with all of its layers, textures, and emotions.
It is essential that I am “on location” to paint. I must be in the world I’m painting. I start each day in a disciplined way, marching off with my painting kit, sometimes knowing exactly what I want to do, an other times waiting for something to strike my fancy. I happen to think that the world is a beautiful place, and that my mission is to celebrate it and share it through painting.
“art is the moment between seeing the painting and recognizing the subject”
“I do believe that is my love for the bush and its wildlife that drives my talent to create a painting. It is that very passion that will always make me realize that I am but a student in this amazing world we live in.”
Mary Hramiec Hoffman
Mary grew up in the Petoskey and Harbor Springs, Michigan resort area. Inspirations for Mary emanate not only from the beauty of her environment, but also from memories reflecting experiences and sights traveling the US with her family of ten and the family dog in one of America’s first motorhomes.
On special days when we pause to be properly attentive, we are privileged, to witness the magical way in which these commonplace images are transformed by light and shadow playing across their landscape, creating a unique visual experience for each observer. My purpose as a photographic artist is to capture and share these “moments of perception.
After completing her degree in music education and touring the Midwest, playing saxophone in a road band, Margie began work on the line at the Ford Motor Wixom Assembly Plant. It was hard work, but it enabled her to fly out West, to take painting workshops with some of the country’s finest painters: Clyde Aspevig, Scott Christensen, Robert Bateman, Dan Gerhartz, and Janet Fish, to name a few.