Artist
Mary Beth Gaiarin Springfield, Virginia

Mary Beth Gaiarin shares her time between creating art in her Virginia studio and winemaking on her family’s estate in Italy. In Virginia, she works out of two studios - one is an artist community in a repurposed WWII munitions factory and the other is the top floor of her 1700s era home. Mary Beth’s impressionist still life paintings are tightly focused on the scene with a strategic use of color and a radiant light. She adds textures with her palette knife, including shiny porcelain, soft scarves and grainy cakes, and her brushwork is reminiscent of John Singer Sargent. Mary Beth recalls a particularly significant moment in her training, when she ignored the elaborately set model table and instead explains, “I focused on the cut half of one orange. I discovered a kaleidoscope of colors, shades, tones and tints, visible because of the intricacies of light and shadow. I’ve been enchanted by this discovery ever since.” Mary Beth’s classical compositions are influenced by her time spent looking at art in Europe, and explore the concepts of leisure and a nostalgia for time spent with friends and her children who are now grown.

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    About The Artist

    Mary Beth Gaiarin shares her time between creating art in her Virginia studio and winemaking on her family’s estate in Italy. In Virginia, she works out of two studios - one is an artist community in a repurposed WWII munitions factory and the other is the top floor of her 1700s era home. Mary Beth’s impressionist still life paintings are tightly focused on the scene with a strategic use of color and a radiant light. She adds textures with her palette knife, including shiny porcelain, soft scarves and grainy cakes, and her brushwork is reminiscent of John Singer Sargent. Mary Beth recalls a particularly significant moment in her training, when she ignored the elaborately set model table and instead explains, “I focused on the cut half of one orange. I discovered a kaleidoscope of colors, shades, tones and tints, visible because of the intricacies of light and shadow. I’ve been enchanted by this discovery ever since.” Mary Beth’s classical compositions are influenced by her time spent looking at art in Europe, and explore the concepts of leisure and a nostalgia for time spent with friends and her children who are now grown.

    Artist Statement

    I am an oil painter, and while I specialize in still life, I happily paint whatever subject captures my attention on an artistic level. When creating a composition, I maintain a tight intimate focus on the subject and I strive for a balance of serenity and calm, but often with a surprise of intense color. My paintings can be contemplative and quiet or playful and spontaneous. I want saturated, juicy color to dance out of the shadows. I paint with simple, meaningful strokes and I use texture and the weight of the paint to create movement and expression. I explore the juxtaposition among objects in traditionally arranged still lifes, but am also drawn to the architectural structure that comes from single subjects such as a vase of flowers or strawberries in a humble cardboard box. I am a restless artist. I feel that I can always learn, push harder, be bolder; it’s that chase that keeps me coming to my studio every day. Lately I am working towards more knife work, lots of paint, and an ever more impressionistic approach.

    I am a juried member, and Vice President, of the Torpedo Factory Artist Association, Alexandria, Virginia. I spend part of the year in Italy where I manage my family vineyard in Piemonte. My husband and I make four types of wines, all indigenous to the region of Piemonte.

    Artist Background

    University of Minnesota
    Bachelor of Science, 2018

    Hear What Collectors Say About Mary Beth's Work

    commentsTea & Macaroons
    L Hutchison purchased this artwork. 5/10/2019 | 11:14 AM

    I love my little tea and macaroon artwork. The colors are beautiful! I placed it in my kitchen and see it every day.

    commentsTea & Macaroons
    L Hutchison purchased this artwork. 5/10/2019 | 11:14 AM

    I love my little tea and macaroon artwork. The colors are beautiful! I placed it in my kitchen and see it every day.

    commentsWhite Roses Blue Cup
    C Moore 4/18/2019 | 8:27 PM

    Mary, beautiful work. Loose, relaxed, sensual, sexy.

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