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Fran Marze, Water Colors


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.

"Patterns with Music"

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.”

"Out of Shadows"

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.

Autumn Splendor

"Chiffon Dream"

5 Responses to Fran Marze, Water Colors

  1. The individual camera moves look good and I like the lighting. However you could improve on the storyboarding/editing – it looks too random to me. The jumpcuts are a bit strange and also how you cut in between moves. Check out “Film Directing Shot by Shot” by Steven D. Katz! It helped me a lot with this stuff!

  2. 8-6-4 form was a little ugly on a few of the reps–need to work on a bgeigr shrug and more speedPresses @125 8-4-4 not keeping my core tight–started to arch my back during the last couple of repsFront Squats @135 8-6-4 still struggling to keep knees outfinished with 3 sets of floor wipers @ 135 15-20 reps/set

  3. Great photo! That’s the film that was hit with static eeictrlcity, right? I love it.It was so nice to meet you, I had a blast on the photo-walk. I am on my way to the photo lab right now to pick up my film. Can’t wait to see how it turned out.

  4. NIC!It was so wonderful meeintg you! Thank you so much for introducing us to all the amazing new products in the lo-fi world. I just love your that photo of the Palace of Fine Arts and I can’t wait to show you what I shot. Tesla Rocks!I hope to see you soon!

  5. Fran is a wonderful person with a unique artist style all her own. I love you Fran! Nancy

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