Marlene Schwartz Massey has lived in Cape May County, New Jersey, since 1991, and she states, ï¿½My art is definitely influenced by my love of the area.ï¿½
Ms. Schwartz, who grew up in northern New Jersey, has been an artist since early childhood. From the start, she never confined herself to one medium, working in pastels, pen & ink, oils, and watercolors.
Since 1978, Ms. Schwartz has been experiencing symptoms that were diagnosed as multiple sclerosis, which is now in the secondary progressive stage. This does not affect her artistic pursuits. Instead, she finds that the challenge of creating art while living with a chronic disease gives her a feeling of pride and self-worth. Ms. Schwartz compensates for her MS-related symptoms such as fatigue and unsteady hands by working on smaller pieces and using rulers and other devices to assist her.
After relocating to southern New Jersey in 1991, Ms. Massey found new inspiration, and her paintings began to reflect her appreciation of the local flora, fauna, and architecture. She has won numerous awards, and her work has been exhibited in galleries and juried shows in Boston, New York City, and many local venues around Cape May County.
Ms. Massey paints in a style that combines realism with impressionism. Her award-winning pieces are available as originals as well as prints (framed or unframed), decorative pillows, tee shirts, and tote bags. She also produces commissioned portraits of people, pets, and houses. She still works in different mediums, usually preferring watercolors or pastels.
'Selling my art online is very exciting,' states Ms. Massey, adding 'Not only does it allow me to reach more potential customers, it helps me to sell from home and avoid the work involved in exhibiting in art shows, given my physical challenges.'
ï¿½Painting, for me, is truly a gift,ï¿½ says Ms. Massey. ï¿½When I paint, it amazes me to see the beautiful images appear almost magically as I work. Thatï¿½s really what itï¿½s all about.ï¿½
Marlene Schwartz Massey joined Fine Art America on August 15th, 2013.