Marcella Martin, an artist and resident of Escondido, won the Best of Theme award in the highly competitive experimental September Member’s exhibit, “Art Deconstructed,” at The San Diego Watercolor Society.
Her painting “Grand Opening“ was given the honor by artist and juror, Jennifer Littleton. Littleton noted that Martin did the work on a stone-like surface that has a three-dimensional quality with little divots in it. She worked with the surface to create the atmospheric look of the piece. Littleton described how the artist “rendered the flowers beautifully with even a transparent quality to them in some areas while in other areas that are more opaque. A wonderful use of doing a mixed media painting on a three-dimensional surface.”
Martin has painted in watercolor for 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois. She has exhibited in Stockholm, Sweden, San Diego County, plus hangings at the San Diego Watercolor Society, the Escondido Library, the EscondidoArtist Gallery, Coast-to-Crest and numerous other local and national shows. She also does custom pet portraits and landscapes, book covers, and graphics for computer games.
Describing her work, Martin said, “Beauty in this world inspires me and many artists before me. I like to create intimate settings that draw the viewer into the painting. Colors play a big part in attracting attention to the subject or creating mood. Sometimes I’ll use an unusual perspective to catch your eye. My paintings provide refreshment, visual delight and sometimes humor.”
The exhibit will continue at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s gallery through Saturday, September 24. The gallery is located in the Arts District Liberty Station at 2825 Dewey Road, Bldg 202 and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is free to the public. Log on to www.sdws.org to see all of the exhibition paintings.
More of Martin’s work can be seen on her website at: www.mmartinwatercolors.com/