Light is what inspires me, it excites me!. It's what moves me forward to the next painting. It's a journey, a great quest, taking me to various parts of the country to witness personally, its' transformative beauty. Light defines form, it creates mood, it reflects color and illuminates the natural world around us into something poetic whether monumentally dramatic like the light and darkness of storms or brilliance of sunsets.
These last few years, I've been working on a series of paintings based on time spent on cape cod, Maine and the Florida Keys. These paintings are about water and reflections the way the landscape takes on a mood of it's own, light moving across the water, defining the details of marsh grass and dunes, inviting us into it's intimate and personal world.
Often now, it's the sense of peace I feel in my work, especially in my late daylight paintings like 'Reverie' and 'Marsh Meditation'. This may be an expression of where I am in my own life; a desire for something tranquil and harmonious, yet emotionally satisfying. A beautiful landscape, where light plays with everything it touches.
Marla Lipkin is a native New Yorker. A graduate of the notable High School of Music and Art , she went on to attend The Cooper Union School of Art, Architecture and Engineering, where she studied painting with Paul Resika, Leland Bell and Marcia Marcus. The artist also has a Masters of Art from Hunter College and a postgraduate degree in Education from The School of Visual Arts.
Ms. Lipkin has enjoyed several residencies. Her earliest while still at Cooper Union was at the Provincetown Workshop, where she studied with Victor Candell and Leo Manso. When she graduated from Cooper Union, Ms. Lipkin went to the South of France for the winter/spring residency at the Michael Karolyi Foundation in Vence.
Since then, she has been invited twice for artist residency at the Edna Saint Vincent Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY.
The artist resides in New York City, with her studio in Long Island City. Marla Lipkin has had many solo exhibitions. Her work is in many private collections, corporations and hospitals.