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Marny Lawton looks for the meditative beauty in the ordinary and the extraordinary in the often overlooked. Her representational artwork takes viewers on a journey into nature less often experienced in our heavily urbanized cultures. With an interest in the rhythms and patterns of the natural world she depicts the subtle abstractions found in nature and objects around us daily.
Work is evolving with current work consisting of several continuing projects in oil or egg tempera:
Reflections and Shadows - is a series of paintings looking at the abstract shapes in ordinary scenes. This might be seeing what is under the water, on the water, and reflected onto the surface from above. Or it may look at the abstractions and shapes in shadows and reflections.
The Art of Food - having evolved over the last twelve years, consists The Art of Food looks at the gemlike beauty of fruits and vegetables. Taken out of context of the supermarket's produce section this series of currently more than 160 small paintings depicts how beautiful and monumental our food truly is.
Egg Tempera – Marny is interested in furthering the ancient art and craft of egg tempera painting. Using both traditional and more contemporary and painterly techniques in the painting of still life and landscapes, she shows the medium of egg tempera in a twenty-first century style.
"Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life - a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple - the painter is giving you a secret message. S/he's telling you that living things don't last - it's all temporary. Death in life. That's why they're called
natures mortes. Maybe you don't see it at first with all the beauty and bloom, the little speck of rot. But if you look closer - there it is."