Birding Enthusiasts © Marie Tippetts
Bio: Graduated with a BFA in fine art from Nazareth College, Rochester, Marie founded the award-winning Marie Tippets Design, in a career that spanned 22 years. Currently a professional fine artist, based in Orange County, California, she has been juried into national/international shows, including the second International Pastel Biennial at Suzhou, China, in 2016.
Marie is the recipient of numerous awards, and is represented in private collections nationally. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a Signature Member - Distinguished Pastelist of The Pastel Society of the West Coast, a Master Circle Member of IAPS, The International Association of Pastel Societies, and a member of the International Guild of Realism.
Subjects : Still Life, Figures; Landscapes.
“ I have a particular fondness for still life. It affords me the luxury of controlling nearly every aspect of the painting from the selection of objects, to the compositional flow, the angle and condition of the light, the color palette and the value structure, all of which are an active interplay in the artistic mix. During the setup phase, I carefully select all of the elements; and then experiment by adding or subtracting essentials such as flowers, collected treasures, fabrics, fruits, ribbons etc. Once arranged in a pleasing manner, the light becomes key to bringing the setting to life. I prefer natural sunlight and, the angle of the setting sun. However, during the course of the day, the play of light can change and alter a mood, so I shoot multiple photographs and carefully select which light best captures the mood that was intended.”
Style: Contemporary realist.
“My work utilizes the concept of Chiaroscuro, or the art of using strong contrasts between light and dark, giving emphasis to certain objects as they appear and take shape from their backgrounds. It has become an integral part of my work and find that it is the magic that adds a sense of mystery to each painting, as I make deliberate, conscious choices between what is seen and not seen, what is lit and what is not lit. The effects can be stunning and mesmerizing.”
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Gallery: Current Work ; Still Life ; Miniatures ; Figurative ; Landscape; View Archived Works.
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