Laurie Marchessault

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Laurie Marchessault
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As an artist I would describe myself as somewhat of a Modernist who paints in the manner of the revered Old Masters. My technique includes an academic approach to composition, a precise tonal underpainting and a layering of oil paint mixed with an oil medium called glazing . In this process there is a genuine unfolding of form and atmosphere. The painting becomes three-dimensional and as I work I am always searching for treasures of exquisite color, light and luminosity to present themselves. I am most inspired by artists Wassily Kandinsky, Vermeer, Fairfield Porter, Euan Uglow and Gerhard Richter.

Raised by artist parents, I am a fifth-generation Northern California who has been so fortunate to have lived, studied, hiked and observed art in many countries. I began atudying art at UC Santa Barbara where in the late 60’s I was introduced to conceptual art and was encouraged to be a discerning thinker and observer. I decided then and there to become a representational painter and pursue classical training! After a year abroad at the University of Stockholm, Sweden and a stint with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, I started a retail career and became a buyer/ product design executive for upscale retailers affording me International travel to many countries including Sweden, the Soviet Union, Asia, India and Europe. Thankfully I have visited my favorite paintings in the most famous museums all around the world!

In the 80’s I moved to New York City and Connecticut. I retired from retailing to raise a daughter and resume painting. Under the direction of Kirill Doron at Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut I settled into painting traditional still-lifes, a genre of painting that I feel best suits my narrative impulses of which there are many!? I also attended classes at Lyme Art Academy in CT and the Art Student’s League in NYC, studied under New York artist Phyllis Agne, was a member of the Brush and Palette, a portrait and figure painting group in New Haven, CT and was a member of a six artist co-op, The Elm City Artist Gallery, located on the campus of Yale University.

After forty years, I finally returned home to California last year and settled amongst family here in Napa, and as a
‘fair weather’ painter I have spent my best days plein air painting in Lake Tahoe, or hiking up Mount Saint Helena or over on the Sonoma Coast.

Art Association Napa Valley is supported, in part, by the Napa County Arts & Culture Commission.

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