Joan Cobb Marsh, widely admired painter’s painter, unveils her recent interpretations of “Places and People Much Loved” at the Williams McCall Gallery South of Fifth. Kicking off with an artist reception that is open to the public on Saturday, February 16th at 6 pm, the exhibit will run until March 8th.
Gallery Owner Gail Williams states, “We are honored to introduce Joan Cobb Marsh's new collection and recent interpretations from her South Florida, Travels, Flora, and Interiors series. Her stunning new Hair Series reflects her love of family and speaks to the cultural diversity she experiences, embraces, and advocates in her politics, her relationships, and where she chooses to live and visit. Viewers will be treated to an extraordinary body of work.”
Joan Cobb Marsh is a known and globally collected artist who specializes in oil paintings. Marsh perfected her sensitivity to color as a young student of Henry Henche who was a protégé of Charles Hawthorne, the great American painter and founder of the renowned Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A descendant of the Mayflower, Marsh’s grandfather and greatgrandfather were sea captains in Provincetown. “My grandfather had a fishing boat, the Betsy Ross,” she says. “He was John Kelly Cobb of Irish-Scottish descent. In the summer and fall, Marsh paints in her third floor Provincetown studio overlooking the harbor in the home she and her husband converted from her grandfather’s boathouse. During New England’s cold winter months, they drive to South Beach where Marsh paints. Her time in South Beach has inspired her brilliant and popular Port of Miami, South Pointe Park, Florida View, South Beach, and Everglades series.
Marsh’s exhibit will also include two new thoughtful works of the Twin Towers. In 2000, Marsh was granted a residency sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for the Arts, New York City. In her studio on the 108th floor of the Twin Towers, she painted many works depicting the spectacular views, three of which were lost in the 9/11 tragedy.
Marsh shares, “When I’m making a painting, I’m not copying a scene. I’m trying to solve something. One of the wonderful things about being an artist is that you are making instant decisions all of the time — you are in total control. It’s not so much that I look at something and see something beautiful to paint; it’s that I see something interesting or something that excites me. It is more of a question of sharing what I’ve seen. For example, when I’m looking at an object — an old shutter, a leaf or something on the beach and I like the way it looks, I want to say to you, ‘I’ve seen that, and, by the way, would you stop a minute and look at it too? She adds, "It is an artist's responsibility to combine her intuition, intelligence, and skill of craft and observation, to try to immediately engage a viewer. I try to optimize all the elements in a painting in an honest attempt to capture the fleeting visual beauty of our surroundings. In a glimpse resides an eternity and to capture that is a constant quest."
Marsh’s work is in private collections across the United States and abroad.