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For DIFFERENT STROKES, impasto fresco artist Martha Lee.

“Sunset Sea” oil impasto on linen by Martha Lee

Secret gardens, places and frescos, these are things of
antiquity that have inspired my paintings.

Organic forms, patterns, textures, changing light effects and rich,
the luminous color of the sea is the subject of my work.

I am working on impasto paintings of spectacular sunsets that are filled with glowing gold.”  Martha Lee

Her passion for the natural world inspires Martha Lee’s paintings. She set up her first studio in Seattle in 1982 and has been creating in oil, pastel, and mixed-media ever since.

Her work consists of textured surfaces, and her goal is the let the mysteries emerge, infusing each piece with a sense of timelessness, universality, and infinity.

She continually attempts to capture the changing light effects of dawn, dusk, and twilight and the mysteries of nature.

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Q: What is impasto painting, you ask?

A: Impasto is an art term used to describe thickly textured paint that is almost three-dimensional in appearance. Using an impasto technique often leaves visible brush strokes in the finished painting. Impasto is a type of sculpture, but it is on a canvas for painters. The paint is laid onto a surface thickly, holding the imprint of an artist’s brush or palette knife.

The impasto oil painting technique is usually associated with the work of Vincent Van Gogh. He applied the paints directly onto the canvas and simply mixed them with his fingers. One of the examples of the impasto technique in his oeuvre is the painting The Starry Night.



Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

DIFFERENT STROKES, an exhibition of original abstracts.

Through August 25

Featuring watercolors by Bill Baily, en Plein air work by Karen Doyle, frescoes by Agnes Field, Art Deco works by Rene Hafeman,  fused glass art by Carolyn Myers Lindberg, impasto art by Martha Lee, and encaustic works by Peg Wells.


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