Artist Statement

I paint what inspires me. With my paintings, I seek to transport the viewer to another place and time; to transform the observer into participant. As a ‘scape artist, I am captivated by Nature’s dynamic displays: the sky right before the deluge; a crashing, stormy sea; the dramatic interplay of light and color. My paintings are informed by the mood created when colors contrast within a vibrant atmosphere.

When I retired and began to pursue my passion, I focused on cloudscapes. In the ensuing years, I turned my attention to the sea. Like a blazing fire, the sea is hypnotic. She is alluring and seductive, inviting us to peer into her depths, each wave a beckoning, crooked finger as it rolls onto the sand. I paint with oils on stretched canvas and use glazing techniques to capture both the depth and luminescence of light, reflecting it to the viewer so they are compelled to return. I seek to isolate that moment when nothing exists but the observer and their experience with the subject.

I film the sea from various perches on the Oregon Coast, and extract still photographs to use in the compositions I complete in my studio. I recently participated in my first show, the 2016 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.

Medium: Oil

Contact Information

Lake Oswego, OR
503-887-2927
mpdirksen@gmail.com
Website

Education

1995 – BS, Organizational Development & Management of Human Resources – George Fox College, Newberg, OR
1974 – AS, Fine Arts – Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Exhibit Dates:

March 7 – June 6, 2017

Crescendo - 20 x 16 - Oil
Orpheus - 24 x 18 - Oil
Eventide - 12 x 16 - Oil
Transcendence - 24 x 18 - Oil
Abyss - 24 x 18 - Oil

Crescendo - 20 x 16 - Oil

Orpheus - 24 x 18 - Oil

Eventide - 12 x 16 - Oil

Transcendence - 24 x 18 - Oil

Abyss - 24 x 18 - Oil

Crescendo - 20 x 16 - Oil thumbnail
Orpheus - 24 x 18 - Oil thumbnail
Eventide - 12 x 16 - Oil thumbnail
Transcendence - 24 x 18 - Oil thumbnail
Abyss - 24 x 18 - Oil thumbnail
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