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A Piece of the Puzzle
 
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All Bottled up
 
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Coming Out
 
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Florida The Final Frontier
 
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Indigo
 
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No Explanation I
 
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No Explanation II
 
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Rose
 
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Marie Cummings Paintings
Marie Cummings was born in Detroit, Michigan. There she studied psychology and business at Wayne State University. She moved to Clearwater, Florida with her three daughters in 1971, where she embarked on a career as a Realtor. When her last daughter entered college, Marie decided to seek a new direction in her life: she wanted to explore the world of visual art. While studying Experimental Watermedia at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center (Dunedin, Florida), she also ventured into Creative Writing at St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg, Florida). This dual experience served as a launching pad for a serious embrace of fine art from an outside-the-box viewpoint. Since that time, Marie has focused on the creative potential of Watermedia. She finds deep, rich, bold hues intensely exciting. Marie thinks of her palette, brushes and paper as tools for play. Water and paint dance together in her studio, making forms that spark the imagination and speak to the heart. Her work is a form of meditation, an expression of her soul.Marie recently taught Experimental Watermedia at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center—the same course that first inspired her to take the leap into the world of art. She also enjoys teaching beginning watercolor classes for adults who are beginning to dip their toes in the wellspring of their own creative resources. She takes a relaxed yet encouraging approach to instruction, giving her students the time, space and gentle guidance necessary to grow as artists.
 
Education:
Course study with various instructors including Mary Todd Beam, Virginia Cobb, Mary Ann Beckwith, with studies at Dunedin Fine Arts Center, FL.
 
Single Exhibitions:
Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts, 2007
 
Group Exhibitions:
International Society of Acrylic Painters, 2007
Tallahassee Watercolor Society, 2007
Marie’s award-winning works have been exhibited at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Florida Watercolor Society Shows, Cornell Museum, (Delray Beach, FL) International Society of Acrylic Painters, Experimental Artists of Alabama, Watermedia 2003, (Houston, TX) and Watercolor USA 2005, Springfield, MO,Marie is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the National Association of Women Artists, (New York, NY) International Society of Acrylic Painters, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Tallahassee Watercolor Society and Watercolor USA Honor Society. Her works are in several major collections including the City of Clearwater, FL the Federal Reserve Bank (Jacksonville, Florida) and the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO.
 
Artist's Statement:
I was first inspired to create mixed media works on paper and illustration board after taking a workshop during which the instructor incorporated cutout paper dolls, the kind that children make, into her artwork. Later, as I was in my studio working on a painting, I remembered the paper dolls and thought of own much I appreciate people, their unique and individual thoughts and feelings. We are not at all like paper dolls on the inside (though we may resemble each other on the outside) and yet, at the same time, we are all one. Pondering this paradox, I cut some paper dolls from a comic strip and collaged them into the first painting. I see life as multi –faceted, richly textured and complex and my art reflects that perception. I paint with water media and use gesso, gel, and tissue paper to create the textures on which I apply my paints in successive layers. I utilize unusual materials as stencils for the pigments, onion bags, cardboard, bubble wrap and stamps, among other things. The artwork is contemplative in that it is derived from internal inspiration rather than tangible subject matter. There are no mistakes in my work; each painting is a process, a new experience from which I can learn. With each piece, I try to stretch myself beyond my comfort level and reach for the unknown. Ultimately, I hope viewers feel this expressive freedom when they see my work. I want people to delight in the colors and whimsy, to experience a sense of happiness, to enjoy this reminder of what it means to be alive.
 
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