All Public Art Featured Artist: Marcia Lorente
By: Dianne Fabio
It is true that artists don't see things like regular people do. They have a different vision for almost everything and their perceptions are finer and more detailed than those eyes who don't have the same gift that they possess. But aside from the visual gift, they also have the inner and emotional visions that go with it. This is something that we realized after interviewing this gifted artist from New York, Marcia Lorente.
It's amazing how she doesn't really just paint what her eyes can see, but it is through how she feels that she is able to cast a vision into her canvasses. She can explain it better than we do, so if I were you, read her exclusive interview with us and prepare to be stunned and impressed by how she expressed herself in her art.
An Interview with Marcia Lorente
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Marcia: It runs in the family, both my Spanish and American grandmothers were painters. That’s why I went with my two last names as my artist name, in homage to them. In Spain which is where I grew up, you get two last names, your mom’s and your dad’s.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Marcia: I’m obsessed with color, light and a fast brushstroke. I don’t paint what I see, I paint how I feel. I blame Monet, Picasso and Pollock for that. I’m not into cerebral work sorry! Punch me in the stomach and the eyes please. Leave me in awe. That’s why I love Street Art.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Marcia: I’m the opposite of the tortured artist, I adore 9 out of every 10 pieces I paint. I think that comes through. I paint off photos I take so I’m also capturing a moment in time that made me happy. The way I see it, if one of my paintings makes you happy it should be yours, I can make more!
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Marcia: I’m capturing light, color and movement, that’s pretty spiritual stuff. I think I’m challenging what my eyes see to see beyond, to go inward. I hope my work can help people do the same and find some answers, find something beautiful that they can hang on to.
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
Marcia: Don’t judge your work, just keep at it, there is no “wrong”. I hit a painter’s block of ten years because my training told me that my work couldn’t possibly be getting good if I painted too fast. I then read that Pollock painted 57 paintings in one year, during 1950. That blew my mind.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
Marcia: Besides Pollock, I could sit in front of a Rothko for hours, his paintings are like doors to another place. For some reason I find them very calming, even the scary dark red ones at the Tate Modern in London. They’re like watching the end of a sunset, I want to capture that light.
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Marcia: Lately it’s the beaches of Long Island, I have a Montauk series because I go there a lot but I’ve painted the Rockaways and everything in between. I’m a new New Yorker and I didn’t know NY had a beach. I’m into the dark waters, the moody skies, I’d never seen anything like it.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Marcia: I never know what I’m going to paint, it’s like being a kid again at Christmas and opening up a present from under the tree. I’m still experimenting with that, with was Pollock calls “controlling the accident”. But I don’t think I’ll ever control it and that’s the gift, that I don’t and I love it.
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
Marcia: I must learn to surf! I think all my paintings of Long Island beaches are just an excuse for me to study the waves… if I can paint them maybe I can ride them? Once I do that who knows, I may have to paint something else!