Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely proud to announce that Marti White has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Marti was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #5. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature. Below are her Artist Biography and Artist Statement that was submitted to this competition.
Though born in Oklahoma and now a resident of Arizona for almost 20 years, much of Marti’s life was spent in Minnesota. Her art is informed by all of the places she has called home. Marti’s love of art making began in childhood and was honed in high school and college. After marriage and the move to Minnesota she began to work in oils and then in watercolor. Her work reflected the landscapes and flowers of the Midwest. When she moved to the Southwest, she began to work in mixed media. This art form seemed to fit with the climate and lifestyle of Tucson and she easily moved into nonrepresentational collage work. Marti is largely self-taught, but over the years she has studied with many well-known artists through workshops and classes. Building on what these mentors have taught her, she has developed her own personal path to creative expression.
Marti’s work is shown locally and nationally. She has had several solo shows and won many awards. Marti is active in several art groups and has served in leadership capacities in these. She also teaches collage to adults in her studio and local workshops.
Challenging myself with new approaches to collage work satisfies my need for change by trying new techniques and answering the question “what would happen if…” To me art is an expression of the inner person which leads me to approach any work of art with an open mind and limited planning beyond choice of medium and palette. What is behind the surface of a work of art is something that fascinates me. Finding windows that go deeper opens the work to a variety of interpretations. If the viewer can find his or her own story when looking at the work, it has succeeded in communicating. This is what gives me the most satisfaction in the act of creating art.
Marti’s Website: www.combymartiwhite.com