Fran Marze, Water Colors
|by Fran Joyce, September 2013|
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it begins with the creative eye of the artist. This month’s banner artist is Fran Marze. Marze is equally comfortable using bold or subtle color combinations, and her subjects are as varied as her color palette.
After graduating from Seton Hill University with degrees in Art and English, Marze married, had five children, and taught for over thirty-five years. Twenty-nine of those years were with the Baldwin-Whitehall School District where she taught elementary and secondary Art, high school English, and Journalism.
After retirement, Marze decided to devote more time to her life-long passion, Art. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, South Hills Art League, Pittsburgh Pastel Artist’s League, Whitehall Arts, McMurray Art League, and South Arts.
I spoke with Marze about her work and her future plans.
“My main media is watercolor, but I also do acrylic, pastel, and some mixed medium. I used to work in oils, and I may do some of that again,” she explains.
“I have always been fascinated by nature and groups of people. I like to watch people as they interact with each other and their environment. I often spend the day taking pictures of the people I see and the places I go. Later, I study the pictures and some aspect of the scene jumps out at me…it might be a color or a line quality. I never copy what I see; I draw what I feel. I try to convey a certain emotion with a piece, and it’s gratifying when the people who view my work feel that connection.”
“Unlike teaching, I don’t keep set hours, and I don’t work every day. Often, I spend as much time thinking about a piece as I do creating it. Once an idea comes to me, I work fairly quickly. Sometimes, I step back and don’t like what I see, so I start over.”
Marze exhibits and sells her work at several locations. Autumn Splendor won a juror’s award at the McMurray Art League Spring Show in 2012. She also donates pieces to charity. Recently, she has donated works to the Persad Center, The Washington City Mission, and the Women of Seton. Marze has also agreed to let two of her butterfly images be copied onto cards which will be sold to raise money for the Friends of Forbes Hospice.
If you missed seeing Fran Marze’s work at the last exhibit of the South Hills Art League at the Galleria don’t fret. Beginning October 11th through October 20th, the Galleria in Mount Lebanon will feature work from six South Hills Artist’s groups. On October 12, from 6 to 8 pm, there will be a public reception complete with hors d’oeuvres from the Galleria restaurants. Marze and her fellow artists will be selling their works directly to the public. To see more of Marze’s work and the works of other South Hills Artists, visit http://southhillsartleague.org/SHALMemb.html.