TUCSON, ARIZONA, October 18, 2017 - / Marti White is very pleased to announce that she has been featured with a page in the October 2017 edition of the Spotlight Magazine.
The Spotlight Magazine is a publication of the Circle Foundation for the Arts. The magazine is published quarterly and is available online. Here is a link to find the feature page in the magazine at https://circle-arts.com/spotlight-October-2017/.
Marti has been invited to become an Associate Artist of the Circle Foundation for the Arts. This organization is headquartered in Lyon, France. Her work is featured in the October 2017 edition of their online art magazine, Spotlight.
Marti White is a mixed media artist living and working in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Her work is shown locally and nationally and online. Marti is a signature member of The Southern AZ Watercolor Guild, The Contemporary Artists of Southern AZ and The International Society of Acrylic Painters.
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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 Marti's hArtist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were 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
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Arizona artist, Marti White is the gallery’s new featured artist. Marti will now be in the gallery’s Artist Showcase section and be promoted by the gallery for the next 30 days.
Marti White lives, creates and works in Tucson, Arizona. Marti’s artistic interests have taken various forms over more than half a century, beginning with the creative play of a child, the usual art classes in school and college, and then a series of classes with various teachers in various media – pencil, ink, oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media and collage. To Marti, watercolor has brought her years of satisfying work as she paints mostly from the natural world – flowers, landscapes, and small wonders of the forest and field.
Marti describes her artistic growth and path since moving to Arizona, “When we moved to the West to retire, I felt that it called for a new artistic path to go along with a new life, in a new place. I found a wonderful teacher in mixed media and embarked on a discovery of painting from the heart. Learning to just let my colors and media take me wherever they pulled me was an exciting new adventure in expression. It seemed that these new paintings came from the center of my very being and were very spiritual in nature. By painting from my gut instead of my head, with no concern for what the paintings meant or whether they looked like something, I was able to free up some inner person that I had never known before.”
Marti continues her thoughts, “This finally pulled me into a much more abstract way of seeing the world around me and my work became less and less representational. I love seeing what other people find in these works. Color fills them with a sensuality and warmth as I use vibrant and varied colors in the abstracts. This is another challenge to allow the inner person to express on the canvas or paper without thought for what is coming forth – to allow the brush to be an extension of the body and soul – to become a part of what is happening there. This is an intensely spiritual experience and when it is going well, one gets lost in it; time passes and you are unaware of it; life is happening and you are caught up in the doing of your art. A very freeing and totally self-less expression.”
Recently, Marti has been exploring something that she likes to call "Apertures" - openings - windows into what is behind the surface of the painting. This series of paintings and collages has grown over several years and she has found it interesting to develop a multi-layered work that seems to contain mysteries to be discovered, pathways into the depth of the painting. It is Marti’s hope that her artwork tells a very personal story to the viewer. Marti’s website is www.artbymartiwhite.com