Artist to watch… Douglas Martenson!

Bedroom Window by artist Douglas Martenson / Image:

This is a fabulous piece by artist Douglas Martenson, today’s Artist To Watch. I love how the light peeks through the fabric in the curtains, its fabulous! The artist shows his work at Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, Maine. If you’re in the area, check it out… otherwise check out their website!

Here’s a blip about the artist from the Courthouse Gallery website:

I have been working from life directly and indirectly from images based on the studio, or the house that I rent with my wife and Daughter for several weeks each August in Blue Hill Maine. This gives me an opportunity to focus on Landscape elements such as light and how it falls, grand vistas, water, structures such as buildings and how they relate to their environment. I also create through the use of domestic spaces both in Philadelphia and in Maine and examination of the interior world consisting of objects and light that help the spaces take form to create a landscape of the interior. While the work has always been substantially representational, this focus has brought a quality of tone and brushwork to the fore. I hope through this examination I have touched on something which is universal.

Martenson, who since 1978 has made his home in Philadelphia , a Graduate of the Pennsylvania academy of the fine Arts, his studio is a three story row house located in the Dickenson square area of Philadelphia, the house he rents in Maine is an old farm house located on seventeen acres facing Cadillac Mountain. Martenson has been the recipient of many grants and awards including a Pennsylvania Council on the arts fellowship and several Individual creative opportunity stipends from the Pennsylvania council on the Arts, a Pew fellowship on the arts grant for study at the Vermont studio center in northern Vermont an a Cresson European Traveling Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the fine Arts. Martenson has exhibited widely and shown his works regularly in galleries in New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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