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.

Artist’s Statement

A painting is a window opening onto a place, an idea, or into an artist’s 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.