In her paintings, Marianne Scholtes explores the expressive possibilities of color, line and texture in many different formats. “Having always been fascinated by painting,” she says, “I began practicing art with a self-guided tour of various media.” Those media include oils and such unconventional materials as mesh and sand in addition to watercolors and acrylics. While Scholtes says that her passion lies in watercolors, she notes that the other materials she uses allow her to give her work a broad emotional range and are central to the personal stories her images tell.
Much of the power of the artist’s work comes from her strong ability to orchestrate colors for maximum impact. Though her palette leans toward soft colors and subtly executed shifts of tone, she also has a keen sense of how to place short bursts of brighter shades to animate a painting and give it a feeling of depth and movement. The resulting works make abstract patterns come just as alive as depictions of people, cityscapes or flowers. That liveliness and spontaneity make each work fresh, engaging and unique.