July 1-29 Gallery I: Patricia Marquard "Tone Poems of Color", Gallery II Williston Area Visual Artists

“Currently I am an artist/art teacher residing in Minot, North Dakota.  I am a commissioned artist, as well as an instructor, and art demonstrator for Minot Council of the Arts in various events during the year, and occasionally at MSU.  I teach High School art at White Shield School, on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

A Wisconsin native and art graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, I have won awards at art competitions in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

 I paint with an Impressionistic style.  My artist’s philosophy is that form is concrete, although it can be combined and rearranged.  Color is relative and can be used in any way that the imagination can perceive.  My realism in drawing sometimes has surrealistic overtones.  My mediums are oil, watercolor and colored pencil.

 In my Cathedral Series the buildings are impressionistic in that while the architecture is representational there are details that are omitted and areas that are somewhat vague.  Color is definitely arbitrary. For example the interior of a sanctuary may encircle the façade of the cathedral.  The next series was “Hawaiian Flowers and Trees,” some of which have been sold and are no longer part of the traveling exhibit. Occasionally I will paint a scene from my travels in the United States.

The motivation for my style is that while I am a realist in rendering, I take liberties with what I see, according to mood, interest and the flow of the picture.  I sometimes enjoy color for color’s sake and that makes for arbitrary color in some of my artwork.”

 Patricia Marquard