Spears, Marty

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I began painting in transparent watercolors in the early 1980’s when I studied at the Herzfeld School of Art in Wiesbaden, Germany. My technique has evolved over the years from simply painting directly from photographs and creating “photorealism” paintings, to inserting my own imagination and creativity into the process. When I work with transparent watercolors, I am reminded that the world around us is filled with various textures, colorful creatures and beautiful places. I begin a piece with a particular idea that may totally change once I see what the first wash of water and paint has created on the paper.

My paintings are built upon layers of glazes with darker details added at the end. I enjoy the bold use of color as I believe it brings more drama to the painting. Although my palette consists of several colors, I generally use only three to four in each of my paintings, blending them to create the colors I desire. When people see my work, I'd like them to enjoy the excitement and intensity of the color, yet feel the solitude and tranquility of the piece. I reside in Illinois, just across the  river from St. Louis, Missouri, and am past president of the Gateway East Artists Guild, and a member of the Edwardsville Arts Center, Jacoby Arts Center, Missouri Watercolor Society, and St. Louis Watercolor Society.

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