Earth, Wind and Ocean
By Micaela Marsden
Micaela Marsden – Artist Statement
I am a plein-air as well as studio painter. I frequently start my paintings in acrylics for ease of reworking while outside on location. This helps me speedily respond to the changing light conditions and keeps my painting fresh.
I have an internal visual ‘dialogue’ with the environment in order to add my own interpretion rather than attempting to solely reproduce what is before me. Letting in the painting “accidents” can also free one from too literal a translation, so I try not to obliterate these without seeing if they might have something to add.
The coastline of California is really “in my blood”, as my mother grew up in Big Sur, and we lived in that area for an important portion of my childhood. The rugged drama of the coast matched my life in many ways with its sharp, craggy rocks, its storms, and dense fogs as well as brilliant light and plenty of character. I like being right in the midst of it, being right up close to the aromatic plants, the insects and even snakes making their way along the mysterious pathways of their lives so connected with the physical reality of the place. It feels grounding.
We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful place, it frequently provides elements of surprise and inspiration, which I hope creep into my paintings and I hope to share with you.
I am a member of the the Benicia Plein Air Painters (“DaGroup”), Arts Benicia, El Cerrito Art Association, the Plein Air Painters of Mendocino, and Urban Sketchers International.