Marikay Peter Witlock
Let the earth speak for me.
Let the earth tell my stories,
express my sense of awe, my sense of loss,
my sense of rejoicing.
The earth holds my memories and dreams.
On being a landscape painter: I am an outdoor person. I need to feel the wind on my face and the earth under my feet. I am an artist. The earth is my language. In drawing and painting I re-view, I re-create a moment, a day, a life or a breeze. A walk in the woods records both time and place. Moonlight sparkles with memories and dreams. The edge of the woods is filled with retrospection. I am a landscape painter.
Concerning method: I work in the studio and in the outdoors. For studio work I often refer to sketches and photographs I’ve created in nature. For images of fleeting moments like sunset, moonrise or fog I work solely from memories of landforms, grasses and trees, atmosphere, light and skies. In the studio I work at a drawing table and move to the easel. When working on site, I may sit in the meadow with artwork on my lap, or stand at the edge of a trail. Wherever I work, I move into my drawing, I step back, I reengage. I am a participant in the evolution from empty paper to a recording of light, space, memory or mood.