Have You Met Painter, Marlene Capell? 4/14/19

Q: How long have you been painting?

A: I have been painting since elementary school where I also did ceramics, weaving and wood working.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?

A: Stonehedge, Mark Rothko, Braque, Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn.

Q: What inspired you to get into the arts?

A: It was always around me. My father started as a photographer. He had a darkroom in our garage. He was a movie studio photographer and then went into the movie theater poster business. He even owned a movie theater.

Q: Why painting rather than other mediums?

A: As soon as I walked into my father’s poster studio and smelled the paint I was hooked on painting and drawing as well. Then in college I took classes where I could use visualization and using my hands to create and build.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A: Oil paint, pencil, paper and collage.

Q: Do you have a message in your work?

A: One message is the idea of striving and resolution.

Q: Why do you like to use oil paint rather than acrylic or watercolor?

A: I prefer oil paint for layering and scraping.

Q: What is the philosophy behind your work?

A: It is a dialogue of discovery. I start with the idea of a portal structure, which evolved from my fascination with Stonehedge and the Lion Gate at Mycenae. It is the starting point of each new piece. I strive to develop an iconic image. I want the image to reveal the history of itself, layer upon layer. It is made from spontaneous gestures in a dialogue with the materials, showing the process, the struggle and attempts at problem solving. I hope for something unexpected to be discovered in each piece for the viewer and myself. This becomes the exchange between the careful rational mind and the desire for spontaneity and a measure of surprise.