|Martha Brooks Marshall, Evening Poem, 2003, 40 x 30 inches, Oil on Canvas|
The process of image making continues throughout my days, whether I am awake or sleeping. I believe that we become whole through creative play, whether it be with dancing, or wet clay, or poetry, or drumming, or with colors, textures, and shapes. A painting begins intuitively, with the laying down of large areas of color in bold, quick strokes. At this stage, I embark on a journey of discovery, the process of which may be influenced by a favorite piece of music, fragments of a recent dream, a compelling emotion, or a distant childhood memory. What results is a record of a moment in time. Some paintings literally feel to me as if they have painted themselves, and some are more elusive. It is my hope that, through sharing a piece of this inner experience, I can connect on a deeper level with the viewer, and impart some of the joy and energy of that moment."
— Martha Brooks Marshall