2010_02174-18-090015One of the most striking works currently on exhibit at the Aquarius Exhibition is “Joy” by Marge Otley –  an oversize  explosion of color and sweeping motion.

Marge describes the inspiration for the painting which is rendered in watercolor and Perma Pencil ( artists’ quality colored pencils.)

“I painted it after returning home from my daughter’s house where I spent time with her two very rambunctious boys, age two and three.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching them and playing with them and marveling at their constant motion, bouncing up and down, jumping all around — unlimited energy.  After I got home, quite exhausted after spending a week with them, I tried to express their movement and my joy at being with them.”

Otley is well-known in the area for her award-winning and widely exhibited abstract art. Trained as an art teacher, the Michigan native has studied at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis and with Medina’s water-color guru, Fred Graff.  It was a class in a Detroit suburb, however, that pushed her onto  the path of abstract art.

“I came into this class and everyone was doing abstract art,” she recalls. “All I had ever done was realism.  This abstract art was  foreign to me, bewildering.  But everyone there was obviously well trained and talented.  They knew what they were doing.  So I tried it.  And I became hooked.”

She explains the difference.  “With realism, I always know where I’m going and I usually know when its done.  With abstract art, the paint and I just work together.  Sometimes it leads the way.  I never know where it’s going to end up, but it’s always an adventure.”

One Response to “Marge Otley:”The Paint and I Just Work Together””

  1. norma gray Says:

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    norma gray

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