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FACULTY SHOW 2009: Recent Work by SRJC Faculty

November 5 - December 12, 2009

Pond in Bloom

Marsha Connell, Pond in Bloom #5 and #6
oil on canvas, each 36" x 36" 2008

Artist Statement

In my painting series, “Pond In Bloom”, apple trees, water lilies, sky and clouds, reflect in the surfaces and depths of a pond. I paint on location, en plein air, to express the spirit of place. My approach is painterly — images form through movements of the brush. Watching, listening, trusting intuition and gesture — infuses my representation with an abstract sensibility. The outer landscape mirrors the inner, revealing and concealing mood, contemplation, grief, renewal. Luminosity builds from glazing and scumbling layers of color, over time. This can evoke a place of some mystery, a place of the heart.

Teaching Philosophy

I guide students to engage in and master art processes and techniques, to hone observational skills, and to acquire visual literacy about arts of many cultures. We practice creative thinking and problem-solving. We form a community of mutual respect, courage and discovery. I hope that my students build a firm foundation for continuing in the arts, and that they infuse their creative experiences into their studies in other academic disciplines, in life-long learning, and in meeting community and global challenges.

During the past year, focusing on a project, “Pepperwood Preserve: Forming a Relationship through Painting En Plein Air,” my own painting has been refreshed and my teaching reinvigorated. I’ve learned from the land and exchanged ideas with scientists. I’ve shared Pepperwood and its lessons with many students. Thank you, Pepperwood Foundation, for saving this open space and for supporting this creative work.

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