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Marilyn Cummins

Marilyn Cummins

artist statement

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there lay in me an invincible summer." – Albert Camus

As I work and experiment with a variety of media – oil, watercolor, mixed-media in two and three dimensions, photography – I strive more and more to let go vs. trying to control the medium or exact image. When I’m successful, the invincible summer in me is able to find its voice and reach out to others in ways that are sometimes peaceful and serene; other times edgy and ironic.

I’ve always been a person of many interests – one often leading to or overlapping another. It was an assignment to cover the Columbia art community in word and photos for a magazine that led me to the first painting workshop Joel Sager offered in 2007. I signed up, finally jumping headfirst into something I’d wanted to pursue more seriously since childhood. With Joel’s encouragement, I’ve continued to paint with him and on my own nearly every week since, growing with his expert guidance and inspiration coupled with a nurturing Columbia art community.

I often work by layering combinations of oils, acrylic, collage and tar washes in one piece, sometimes using watercolor sketches inspired by my own photography of the land or of people. The rather minimalist watercolor landscapes have begun to stand on their own, which amazes me after I feared the medium for so many years. I’m having fun with occasional 3-D adventures, usually repurposing old instruments (I’m also a musician) and other found items. I enjoy combining paint, collage and wash techniques while solving tricky structural challenges by dusting off my tool box and shop skills.

The relaxation, stimulation, lowered blood pressure, new life and new friendships my art brings me is extremely satisfying, spurring me on to push myself, to see what more I can learn and do and share. Having my work juried into shows and finding its way into so many peoples’ homes so soon is an amazing, surprising bonus for which I’m very grateful.


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The Revery Alone Won’t Do
The Revery Alone Won’t Do
triptych
oil on canvas

When Cellos Dream
When Cellos Dream
mixed-media
floor sculpture
 

Attitude
Attitude
watercolor on paper

Ghost House
Ghost House
photograph