David Marty Studio - Studio #4
Interview by Lynette Hensley
From farm to marina, David Marty paints harmonious, peaceful and familiar scenes in oils while capturing soft focus, light, glow in ways that will capture the imagination.
LH: In what ways does the place where you live (or places where you have lived), affect the art you create, or your artistic preferences?
DM: I am predominately a landscape painter and there is no better place than the northwest to be surrounded by incredible scenery–from the sound and beaches to pastoral farmlands to mountain vistas. This provides constant inspiration for me.
LH: Who is your favorite artist(s)? Style? Period?
DM: Monet/impressionist, Russell Chatham/tonalist
LH: Who are some current artists that you admire and why? What is it, specifically, about their work that draws you to it?
DM: Russell Chatham – I love the softness and subtle transitions in his work. Michael Workman – Again I like the subtleties in his work and the layers and distressing and abstraction.
LH: Did you grow up in an artistic family?
DM: Not really.
LH: When is the first time you realized you were an artist?
DM: Kindergarten. The teacher told me I was doing second grade work. At the time that probably encouraged me to continue doing art.
Your artistic direction:
LH: Describe your first (or alternatively, most recent) artwork.
DM: When I was in 6th grade a family friend gave me a set of oil paints for Christmas. I set up a still life of a vase and some oranges and proceeded to paint it. That was my first painting. I still have it but keep it out of sight.
LH: How do you balance your art with other obligations – mate, children, job?
DM: This has been a constant struggle for me. Some artists I know paint every day and say that is the only way you can be a great artist. I want to paint as much as possible but also value time with my wife, children, God, exercise, recreation, gardening. I could be a better artist if I painted 24-7 but I would lose out in these other areas. For me there has to be balance.
LH: What are you up to right now? Current or upcoming projects, shows, experiments, collaborations, etc.
DM: I am the poster artist for the Edmonds Art Festival this year. I just delivered 20 paintings to be exhibited along with the original poster art. I spent quite of bit of time at the Edmonds Marina for inspiration for the poster. I loved the setting with the boats and water and have just completed a couple of other marina paintings.
LH: What aspect of making art excites you the most right now?
DM: I am trying to experiment a little more and not be quite as literal. I am really enjoying this and stumbling upon some “happy accidents.”
LH: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
DM: I am an introvert. I love being around people but don’t like being the center of attention. For me, painting is the best language I can communicate in.
LH: What is it like to be an artist in Edmonds?
DM: This is a very supportive arts community and becoming more so. Art Walks, The Edmonds Arts Festival and the Edmonds Studio Tour are well attended and a great chance for artists to interact with the public.
Wishes and Wants:
LH: When someone is viewing your work for the first time, what do you hope they’ll see in it? Or, what do you want them to say about your work?
DM: I hope they will see nature in maybe a little different way. I feel I have succeeded when someone says they get a sense of peace and tranquility from my painting.
LH: If you could take a fantasy artist vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be? Your goal would be to soak in art history or to make your own art. Where would you go?
DM: One of my favorite places is Italy and I would return to it in a minute. I would definitely like to see more of their art as well as spend time in the countryside painting.