oil on canvas
30 x 40 in.
(818) 943-7538
[email protected]
About the Artist:
My friend, Kay, and I were exploring and painting along the California coast before we arrived in Cambria. We stopped at an interesting spot, then scrambled up the bluff from the beach and were immediately mesmerized by the carpet of small yellow spring flowers. We saw an egret fly by.  As we tried to get closer, we saw another. They were beautiful! We kept going around the bend…
A field of poppies.
We both found our spots and began to paint, entranced and carried away by the surrounding scene.

I consider myself “one lucky artist” because art has enabled me to see more of the beauty in our world. (And because my name, Fortunati, means “lucky”.)

I enjoy painting outdoors to try to gather and interpret the feeling of place. When I’m using my plein air sketches in the studio, I’m as focused on entertaining the viewer with interesting forms and playful paint as I am with depicting a specific scene. I paint so that each time a viewer takes a moment with my work, they see something new and can create their own special thoughts and emotions that make the painting special for them.
After a long career as a Teacher and Elementary Principal, Marian Fortunati has combined her past professional experience with her love of travel, working on location as often as possible. Fortunati’s travels and life experiences provide the foundation from which her artwork is created.

Oil is Fortunati’s favored medium as it offers a variety of ways to create interesting experiments with texture and color. Her wide mixture of learning opportunities has established a strong foundation in the Impressionist tradition of seeing and painting shapes of light and color. She has been influenced by numerous historic artists, most notably Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent and William Waugh.  Fortunati has studied almost continuously for the last five years with Master landscape and undersea artist, David C. Gallup. All of these influences have allowed Marian Fortunati to establish her artistic style and unique way of seeing.   
BA in Zoology     MS in Education
Teaching and Administrative Education Credentials – 39-year career with LAUSD as a Teacher and Principal

Art instruction includes workshops and classes from Scott Burdick, Karl Dempwolf, Kathleen Dunphy, David Gallup, Frank Gardner, Kevin Macpherson, Ray Roberts, Matt Smith, Johanna Spinks and John Paul Thornton.

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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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