Lark MacPhail - Artist.
The feeling of paint on canvas has always intrigued me. While trying different mediums over the years, I have always returned to paint. When my children were young, I worked exclusively in water color. I loved the bright pop of color on the white paper, the puzzle-like forms of negative and positive space, and the happy accidents formed by puddles of paint.
Once I acquired studio space, first at the TreeTop Studio in Winnetka, IL and now in my home in Maryland, I gravitated to oil paint. I love its buttery texture and its forgiving nature. While I can see the influence of my watercolor painting, my work has become more informed by my extensive Plein Air painting…created from real life. Establishing a faster and looser method of working, my process is to identify and paint the large shapes and simultaneously create an accurate value structure. When I feel comfortable with the composition, I work on capturing the color and atmosphere.
I have been juried into many shows and exhibits over the years, and my work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. My work can be viewed locally at Bozzuto Greene Art and Gallery Framing, LTD.
I was an art major in college and have completed graduate course work in Florence, Italy. I taught art at the high school level and have participated in many workshops and classes. My memberships include: the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Association, Oil Painters of America, and The American Impressionist Society.
Always exploring new challenges, I see my work continuously evolving. For me the discovery process is unique for each work.