marti fann artist statement
Marti Fann, a native of northwest Pennsylvania has resided in Chesterfield, Virginia for the last 30 years. Marti has lived and traveled in the southwest, living in Tucson, Arizona for 10 years. She studied with local artists in the southwest and continued to attend workshops with nationally known artists over the past 20 years. Her work has changed and grown over the years winning awards and honors.
Marti is co-owner of the Side Street Gallery located at 127 Pickwick Avenue in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Side Street Gallery is a fine art gallery that has over 70 fine artists whose work includes original paintings, prints, pottery, photography, jewelry, and wood turnings. Side Street Gallery also offers a variety of classes for all levels of students.
Marti has been a past president of the Bon Air Artists Association and was chairperson for five years of the Arts on the Lawn fine art show which was later renamed Art Affair. Marti helped found the Chester Artists Association and is a past president. This association is working to help build the Chesterfield Center for the Arts.
Links to the gallery and artist association websites are on the links page.
I have always loved the creative process. I want the painting to evolve from a clean white surface to a well-designed painting. I started painting what I saw, flowers, landscapes and etc. But I wanted to put more of myself into my work. I took workshops with artists that told me to push myself – to paint what I felt. From those workshops I took away a new way of looking at everything. My primary purpose of painting is to evoke feelings and emotions. I want to do this though texture, color, shape and good design. If I am successful you can let yourself go and let the energy and spirit of the painting carry you on an exciting journey.
Marti's artwork is in many private and corporate collections. Her pieces have been exhibited in the Virginia Watercolor Society exhibitions and numerous Central Virginia art shows where her work has received many awards and honors. Marti works predominantly in watermedia, collage and mixed media.
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