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Marcia K. Hales

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marcia-with-bound-surround-best.jpgMarcia K. Hales never tires of exploring the “line” in her acrylic paintings. She likes the way it envelops space, creates texture, provides connections and sometimes gives direction. Marcia enjoys the process of art making — she needs to be totally alone in her small basement studio, preferably in the afternoons. “It’s not pretty and there is no view out the window, and yet when I’m there, there is nowhere I’d rather be.”

That solitude leads her to want to let people in through her art. “My work is a glimpse into my inner world.”

Her work starts with an idea, yet when she begins the work something can happen to change the direction “and I decide whether or not to let it take me there.”

My aim is to do something different. When there is likely “nothing new under the sun,” this has always been the biggest challenge. I might sketch out a rough idea of composition prior to painting, but I’ve never been compelled to draw just to draw. I really don’t like drawing much. I am, however, inspired by some things I see, like the mystery of what lies beyond. I see rocks or hills, and I want to climb over them. I look into the woods and wonder what’s in there. I found that I could explore this curiosity and express it visually with paint. Visually rich playgrounds are the desired effect. The tight lines and marks, which crowded my early canvases, became looser and deeper over time, and closed loops developed. I enjoy the way these forms dance around each other and envelop space. Color is also a challenge, but it’s always worth taking it on.

Hales has a bachelor degree in art from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and an MFA from UMass-Dartmouth.

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