Delicate Awakenings: Marsha Boston

4 Aug

Normally, I love thick paintings.  Canvases piled high with mounds of paint and lots of gooey and delicious texture.  But there is a fluidity in abstract watercolors that I find just as appealing.  Watercolorist Marsha Boston imbues her work with such a lovely sense of light and tranquil color, they feel like looking at the world from under a blanket of warm water as the sun shines above.

Saucer Magnolia, watercolor and ink

Her botanical work focuses on our relationship with nature, our power over it in areas such as genetic engineering and nano-agriculture.  How easy it seems to be for man to take for granted and ultimately destroy the delicate balance that is inherent in the natural world, all for our own purposes.

Leaf Mutants in Pea, acrylic on canvas

Her Remembering Water series stemmed from the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, spawning an interest in aqueous plants and their usefulness and value in our ecosystem.  When oil spills occur, much is made of the impact on animal life, but the harm to plants and microorganisms that sustain them is rarely highlighted.

Widgeon Grass, Remembering Water series, acylic on canvas

Oculina, Remembering Water series, watercolor on Fabriano

I love art for art’s sake and pretty pictures as much as the next girl.  But do you know what I love even more?  Beautiful artwork that tells an important story.  And that’s what Marsha Boston’s work does.  It is telling us the story of the destruction and misuse of the very resources that are here to not only sustain us but give us pleasure.  It would be a sad day if there were no more wildflowers to inspire artists like Boston to capture their beauty.

Mountain Cranberry, watercolor and ink

To see more of Marsha Boston’s work, please visit her website and Facebook page.

Featured image is Indian Fig, watercolor and ink by Marsha Boston.  All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.

6 Responses to “Delicate Awakenings: Marsha Boston”

  1. Ken Hamilton August 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Love it! very nice pictures.

  2. Marsha Boston August 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Lesley, thank you so much for your lovely article, and thank you for supporting and promoting the visual arts! All the best, Marsha Boston

    • Lesley August 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

      My pleasure, Marsha! Your work is lovely and I truly appreciate that there is so much intelligence and integrity behind it. I found you through my former colleague, Leigh Fogle at Fogle Fine Art Consulting, I believe you submitted your portfolio to her a while back. She knew your work would be right up my alley!


  3. Rick Alley August 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Well, Marsha, you know how much I adore your work. I’m looking at the painting you gave us as I write. Ben’s paintings are thick, gooey, all about texture. Yours have made me re-discover watercolors. I’ve always known that watercolors are the in some ways the most difficult, but I rarely responded to them. When I met your paintings through the cover of By All Lights, I was stunned. I’ve said this before, but I want my poems to read the way your paintings look.

  4. Annemarie Tickle October 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this Lesley and introducing me to the wonderful work of Marsha Boston. I need to find out more about her as I too am interested in a love of and our relationship with nature.
    Kind Regards

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