My philosophy and favorite saying is
“It’s the journey!” An artist should take pleasure in his journey,
indulging in the pure joy of playing with the paints or whatever medium
is used. For me it is the journey, not the destination! As the artist,
capturing the emotion of a place, recognition or a feeling that one can
identify with, is important to me. To make you see what I have seen is
part of my
objective; but have you feel something when looking at the painting is
my intention ... I call it "viewer participation in the painting!" So,
journey of the mind is as important as the journey of the feet!
Imagine flowing creeks, tall trees, sunlit
rocks, rolling hills, apple
orchards and the summer scent of fresh bailed hay. This is the
inspiration for my journey and has led me across the country to the
Western landscape, to Europe, the Caribbean and Jamaica. Coastal
scenes, moss hanging from trees, and marshes captivate me .... but then
red rocks and arroyos, tall mesa and monuments also get my creative
spirit thinking about paint or pastel! My
love for plein air work is about the journey of learning to observe
correctly, which teaches me color, atmosphere and light. So .... my studio work is not limited by a
photographic image because of my observations while plein air
inspiration for my art comes from a love of nature and outdoor
activity. Some of my earliest
memories are of
taking off my shoes and wading in a creek, picking up a pretty rock,
looking at the moss and running my hands over it. There's something
about moss that just makes me want to feel it. I create paintings from the Southeastern
US, but also enjoy
painting plein air in other places I visit. I love to spend a little
time walking and exploring each new location before I start to paint.
It allows me to soak up some of the color partnerships I find there;
the way they integrate and harmonize with each other is usually first
in my thought process.
"Dawn of A New Day"
Oil on Cradled Birch Panel
48" x 36"
On display at Georgia State Capital
I plan several workshops each year and
plein air festivals and paint-outs as often as possible. I am asked
frequently to give programs at arts organizations on my painting
techniques, marketing and how I manage my art career. Demonstrating at
arts organizations and my galleries several times each year is a real
treat for me. I was honored to choose the “Southeast Landscape Set” produced by Terry Ludwig
handmade pastels. I have studied
with many talented and wonderfully giving artists! I am a Member of
Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, a Merit member of the
Atlanta Artist Center, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, the
North Georgia Artists' Assoc., and the International Plein Air Painters.
My paintings have been accepted into many shows and have won numerous awards. One recent award was "Best of Show" at the Great Chattahoochee Paint Out in Roswell GA. In 2010, three paintings were chosen to be displayed at the Georgia State Capital, in the offices of David Ralston, Speaker of the House. My paintings are in corporate and private collections across the United States. I am represented by Wrapsody In Blue, Blue Ridge GA, dk Gallery, Marietta, GA and Windrush Gallery, Sedona AZ. I am also represented by Xanadu Gallery in their On-Line Gallery. Please support these galleries -- visit and let them know you want to see work by Marsha Savage!