Portfolio- by Ann Hart Marquis reflect her concern and love of the natural world. She paints the beauty that she sees around her or in her imagination.
Abstract landscape paintings are my emotional reaction to the natural world. Many paintings represent real places that have drawn my attention and some are from my imagination. I like to emphasize the colors, structures and light of a particular setting rather than focusing on the details. Many scenes are from the south of France where the fields, hills and mountains are green and lush like Sonoma County, California where I grew up. Some are influenced by my life in New Mexico. It feels like these paintings are a way for my psyche to reconcile and appreciate all three places.
My abstract paintings come about by choosing my palette, surface and miscellaneous materials like oil pastels and then just playing with form, color, line, texture and pattern. I give little thought to composition or meaning or storyline. I try to let my intuition flow. I like to paint without any idea of representing a particular object or scene. I like the feeling of layering colors, shapes and lines on top of each other with little forethought. For me, abstract art has the ability to express what other visual art styles cannot. It can address ideas that are indefinable and imaginary, existing in mind and spirit, rather than in concrete reality. I think abstract art can touch the emotions in an inventive, authentic and thought provoking way.