Marion Reynolds received a BA in studio
art from Middlebury College, and an MFA in painting from Queens
College CUNY. She also studied at the Center for Art Safety in
NYC. She has taught art for 20 years at McGuffey Art Center in
Charlottesville Virginia, The Douglass Street Artspace in Brooklyn,
NY, as a graduate teaching assistant at Queens College, and at
The Art Center of the Capital Region in Troy NY.
A painting is a window opening onto a place,
an idea, or into an artists soul. My paintings contain windows
within windows. In my cityscapes, windows carry us in and out of private
sanctuaries and enigmatic roofscapes, confined spaces and expansive
city views. A flower, a teacup, or a baby contrast with a chimney,
a castle, or a skyscraper. People indoors sleep, while the city outside
comes alive. Chimneys stand mute, mimicking the skyscrapers in the
distance, life evident only in lights peeking back at us through an
endless array of windows.
The paintings are steeped in the mix of
emotions which infuse our own lives, the harshness and romance, the
hope and yearning, the connection and separation. Each window connects
us to the same world, but each life goes on in its separate space,
unaware of the same drama unfolding one window or hundreds of windows
away. The women in these paintings are in delicate balance between
passion and melancholy, peace and resignation, between the intimacy
of relationships and the solitude of their roles within them.
I paint the world around me, my physical
and emotional world, seeking common experience in the particular.
It is a collaboration, I set it before the viewer, and the rest is
up to you.