Oil on Canvas
60 x 60
Available through Degas Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Marcia states “I am always drawn to water, my personal OASIS! While teaching in the Southwest at the IAPS Convention in June, I visited this lovely location, full of water lilies, reflections of fluffy clouds and the white drift of snow from cottonwood trees floating in the air and landing on the water. Then it happened! One of those special moments occurred when a lone lily frond was pushed by the wind like a small sailboat, straight toward me, as if gliding to a pre destination! No wonder the inspiration, as if in Giverny, but the pond is named “Shady Lakes” just outside Albuquerque, NM. The gleaming blue impasto notes are a glimpse between the tree limbs and into CHROMA!

OASIS is one of the featured paintings in CHROMA, a Solo Show of large and small works, opening at the Degas Gallery on October 5th for Art for Art’s Sake on Julia Street in the historic Arts District of New Orleans.

Marcia Holmes paints contemporary works from representational sources of nature in an impressionist and abstract expressionist style. Her abstract painting gained her a position this past year in the prestigious Ogden Museum of Southern Art Louisiana Contemporary, sponsored by the Helis Foundation. She is celebrating 20 years as a professional artist after a CPA career in Mississippi! On Sept. 26th, she is being honored as Visual Artist of the Year by the Cultural Arts Commission of Louisiana’s largest parish, St. Tammany – New Orleans’ north shore.

“Marcia Holmes’ oils and pastels show her sharp observations of the aliveness of nature. They are so lyrical, evoking wild and verdant gardens and water resplendent with light and color.”
Cybèle Gontar, Owner and Director, Degas Gallery, New Orleans

Marcia was an invited instructor at the 2019 International Association of Pastel Societies Convention in New Mexico and Pastel Society of America at the National Arts Club, New York City. Marcia also gives several abstract workshops each year. She has been featured in American Art Collector, The Pastel Journal, Southwest Art Magazine, with art featured in Fine Art Connoisseur. Marcia’s work has been published in: Art Journey Abstract Painting: A Celebration of Contemporary Art and pure PASTEL: Contemporary Works by Today’s Top Artists.

Upcoming Exhibitions:
CHROMA – Solo Exhibition at Degas Gallery, New Orleans, LA October 5-31, 2019. Marcia’s fourth consecutive exhibition will include twenty new oil, pastel and mixed media paintings.

Forty-Seventh Annual Exhibition Enduring Brilliance, Pastel Society of America, The National Arts Club, New York, NY September 3 – 28, 2019

Gallery Representations:
Degas Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Armbruster Artworks, Covington, LA

Marcia is a member of these fine art organizations:
Pastel Society of America – Master, Signature
International Association of Pastel Societies – Master Circle
Degas Pastel Society – Signature member/Board Member
American Impressionist Society – Associate Member

View More of Marcia’s paintings online: www.MarciaHolmes.com

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