MARCIE COLTMAN  

Be sure to join us Sunday, October 8 to meet Marcie Coltman and hear about her international travels and how they have influenced her latest body of work.

Be sure to join us Sunday, October 8 to meet Marcie Coltman and hear about her international travels and how they have influenced her latest body of work.

Marcie Coltman comes from a family of artists. Originally her passion to create led her into the hair artistry field. However, Coltman quickly became burned out appeasing other people's expectations and interpretations of aesthetic beauty. "Creating art on canvas allows me to fully express myself without the constrictions of complying to societal norms of visual beauty," says Coltman. "For me, art is about the emotion it provokes within the viewer."

When I stand in front of my easel with a paintbrush in my hand, I become so immersed that time seems to stand still. It is often the only place I feel calmness from anxiety; it helps me practice mindfulness as I become fully aware of my senses. Once I put the first stroke down, excitement builds as I anticipate the direction that the canvas wants to take me. A blank canvas is like the beginning of a new day: full of hope and aspiration, a fresh start.

Coltman's style of work is best described as contemporary abstract expressionism. Each piece begins by establishing a color palette, primarily with acrylic paints. "I like to do color studies on paper first, which help me to discover and stick with pleasing color schemes," states Coltman. "I apply strokes of paint loosely and abstractly, while still paying attention to the piece's overall balance, tone, and contrast."  Adding strokes of graphite and oil pastels throughout the painting process adds a touch of chaos, mystery, and drama to the paintings. From afar, each painting looks soft and feminine; but up-close, viewers can explore the hidden edginess and eccentricity.

I find inspiration from colors and textures found in everyday mundane activities, things that others may overlook. I feel there is never a lack of creative stimulus if we look hard enough. I have been inspired by scars on the human skin, a rainbow after a thunderstorm, and even the texture of asphalt. The visuals of these subjects, and how I relate them symbolically to what I am going through in my personal life, have become my greatest source of inspiration. Each piece of my artwork begins with a personal experience of pain, joy, and/or self-discovery. Art gives me the courage to tell my story, to share it with the world in a way that reveals the universality of all our pain, joys, struggles, and triumphs.