Artist Statement

Mississippi River Delta Artist Statement

Mississippi River Delta, acrylic on canvas, 24×30 inches, ©2014, Ann Hart Marquis

I am a nature lover.  I paint nature because I want to emphasize how lovely, fragile and vital it is. Since childhood I have been in awe of trees, mountains, rivers. To me, nature is overpoweringly grand, a force to be revered. It evokes emotions and feelings of reverence and grace. Because I am a nature lover, a meadow wanderer, an adorer of trees, I am an environmentalist. I also like to investigate how the natural world works; how trees grow, how water flows, how patterns form. I paint the beauty that I see around me or in my imagination.  I want to capture the beauty that exists even in unlikely places.

I consider myself a Contemporary Impressionist painter. When I paint, I ask myself how is this painting  going to bring to the viewer an emotional connection with the natural world. I build and reveal a sense of place and movement in my landscapes by first using paint to lay down a background color, then a thick application of paint to give the image depth and a sense of terrain. All of my paintings ask the viewer to consider the beauty, fragility and health of our environment.