Marion Sirefman lives in Oak Park, Illinois and has been an OPAL Artist Member for 17 years -- around 1984 to 1987, and then 2004 to present. Marion has been creating art for 58 years! and works in watercolor, acrylic, art paper collage. The series of work she is sharing here showcases the breadth of her work in a variety of styles and media.
Share a little about yourself, your ideas, and process. How did you approach your work? What motivates you as an artist? Are your passions or interests reflected in your work?
I started studying art in a specialized public high school in NYC, and went on to receive a BFA from the U. of Chicago. Especially when on vacation in natural settings, I am always looking for great composition and color and intriguing forms that I can translate into a work of art. I'm continually intrigued by plants and flowers, for their innate form and symmetry, and also how they lend themselves to beautiful curving lines within a composition. I love using my hands to wield a brush - making a mark on paper or canvas which shows results in a beautiful color, and shape. I love to explore to best advantage the inherent properties of each media: Using acrylics' quick drying time, I can very easily experiment with varied colors juxtapositions. And the fluidity and transparency of watercolors is like no other medium. Sometimes it takes me awhile to start working on a piece - I have to almost meditate to concentrate on what's in front of me... but once focused, I am 'in the moment' and time has no meaning. Lately I have concentrated on doing abstract pieces -- much more demanding but hopefully in the end more unique and fulfilling.
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