Hailing from the tiny town of Wilmington, Ohio, this adroit painter has spent a lifetime using paint en plein air to capture his beloved home. Where do you call home?
Known for its agriculture — mainly hogs and corn — the small Ohio town of Wilmington is home to around 12,000 residents, each of them a living emblem of American Midwest culture, simple pleasures, and man’s relationship with nature. One of these residents was Chuck Marshall, born in 1957, who spent much of his childhood working the farmlands around Wilmington and nearby New Antioch. Although it would have been easy — if not expected — for Marshall to continue this line of work, he always felt a calling toward art, and an artist he became.

Chuck Marshall, “Ohio Waterfall,” oil on canvas, 20 x 16 in. (c) Chuck Marshall 2016

Today, Marshall is an accomplished plein air painter, represented by several major galleries across the United States. Celebrating one of Ohio’s native sons is Mary Ran Gallery in Cincinnati, which on May 6 mounted a solo exhibition for Marshall that will run through the end of the month. Having spent much of his artistic training at the California Art Institute, Marshall has been able to transfer the Southwest and California plein air styles back to his home in Ohio.
To learn more, visit Mary Ran Gallery.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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