Marsh Gegerson, Artist, Art Educator
My destiny was to be an artist. My 64 best friends lived in my Crayola box and were always nearby.
I call myself a Contemporary Impressionist with a twist of the Abstract. Being an intuitive painter is much like a child playing with a new box of crayons. Highly stimulated by color, texture and pattern, my ideas emanate from those country memories.
I adore painting nature; the forests and birds, botanical florals which I express in a stylistic impressionistic manner. I redefine and develop lost and found edges, add pattern. It provides an element of mystery that captivates my viewers’ through their curiosity similar to hide and seek. Presently, I am painting a series of the orchids I grow and amplify their structure in macro view.
Most notably, my tree design was accepted as part of The Smithsonian’s 1990 ‘Trees of Christmas Exhibit’, and is still in their permanent collection, stored next to the ‘Raider’s Lost Arc’ in the basement. Maybe… Additionally, I was honored to be selected for my paintings to be published in 3 ‘Best of Watercolor’ books by Rockport Publishers.
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and my world consisted of cement sidewalks for playing ‘hopscotch’, tall skyscrapers that blocked most of the sky, where the trees lined sidewalks.
Happily, my summers were spent in the mountains of NY State. I rolled in soft grass, picked wildflowers and was amazed that I could see most of the sky! With a child’s curiosity, I studied trees and discovered how the branches made odd shaped spaces and lines, yet amazingly some parts of them disappeared into the sunset. These inspiring memories the country made me the artist I am today.
I entered college at 16 and earned my B.A. Degree in Fine Arts and Education in 3 ½ years to become a visual arts educator in NJ. I never considered entering the art exhibition market at the time, even when schools were dropping art programs for science and math.
It seems i have been part of the art scene forever. We moved into the mountains of NY, to rural Monroe, NY in the ‘60s. I bought a horse named Lottie, to do the country thing, and ride her into the woods for inspiration. In addition, I continued to study oil painting at The Bethlehem Art Gallery with John Gould, Sr., a retired Pratt Institute Instructor and Illustrator. This was pivotal in my art development. http://www.bethlehemartgallery.com/johngouldbio.htm My first solo show was in a converted barn-gallery in Sugar Loaf, NY in 1968. Additionally, I did art festivals and juried art exhibits, earning Best in Show awards.
Likewise, in summer 1974, our family and dogs, minus Lottie, moved from our rural Monroe to hot, humid Coral Springs, FL, where we enjoyed sun, surf and sunburn. I exhibited extensively with the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, Gold Coast watercolor Society and Women in the Visual Arts, while also studying to get my R.N. degree, caring for my young family, and teaching art full time. So, with not a moment to spare, I became eligible for Super Woman of the Year, which I lost. Maybe.
Once again, we moved to hot, humid Mickeyville, known as Orlando, to be near our grandchildren. I continued to teach advanced art for 14 years and retired in 2017 to paint after 24 years in art education.
Above all, I remain active in the arts. I exhibit with the Central FL Watercolor Society and hope to sell my original art and prints to be enjoyed by collectors. For those who are interested, you can contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org. Please go to Contact at this website and leave me your email (http://Marshart.com) to subscribe for my news letter.
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