I am extremely blessed to be living in one of the most dramatically beautiful areas of the country. Around every mountain pass is another scene, ripe for immortalizing in paint. As I’ve sketched here in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve realized how difficult it would be to truly capture the sheer, magnificent beauty that is all around us. To portray not just what the eye sees, but what the heart and spirit see.
It is this, seeing the landscape through heart-colored glasses, that draws me again and again to Marla Baggetta’s work. She may be an Oregon artist, but I was a fan of Marla’s work long before making my home in the Northwest. When I worked as a Project Manager/Art Consultant in Florida, posters of Marla’s work were always project favorites due to their prismatic serenity.
Her work takes the viewer on a journey, drawing them into a world that is at once familiar and extraordinary. The landscape of daydreams, illuminated with brilliant light and color. It is what the world looks like through eyes full of hope and love.
Marla’s work gives color and light to our emotions, bathing a foggy landscape in a warm, yellow glow. Reminding us of the joy of a blue sky after a long winter.
I hope to always see the world around me as this artist does. Full of beauty, loveliness and wonder. Even in the midst of a rainy Northwest winter.