Artist StatementToday, whether figurative or more abstract, I enjoy experimenting with printmaking, mixed- media and painting, using water-soluble environmentally friendly media. I listen to music to enhance the process of letting go that leads me to intuitive color choices. I usually work thematically on a body of artwork that provides new insights and opportunities for personal growth. As I continue to evolve as a person, my art is like a river running through my life, taking new directions, influenced and inspired by my life’s experiences. Recovery from an episode of the dreaded artist's block, less than ten months prior to my solo show ART*SPARKS, pushed me past the flat plane of the paper leading to the creation of over 50 multi-level monotype prints on painted canvas and 6 relief prints on sculpted canvas. I feel that art has helped me to become a more spiritual person, enabling me to feel the connection that we have with each other and with all of nature. I am also grateful that art strengthens my appreciation for the infinite variety of colors and textures in our world. Making art enriches my life by pushing me to experiment, to take risks, and to have fun.
Marian Osher, a printmaker and painter, born in Philadelphia, has lived most of her life in Maryland. She enjoys working in her studios in Maryland and near the Delaware seashore. She received her BA (University of Maryland) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking (George Washington University). She has had seventeen solo shows. Her artwork has been shown in numerous group exhibitions in the U.S., and in international shows in Moscow, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium and India. Osher is included in the Green Art Guide and the Women Environmental Artist’s Directory. The Environmental Defense Fund chose Osher’s artwork for the cover of their Pocket Seafood Selector (2007), which helps consumers to make environmentally sound seafood choices. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires, Argentina), among others. Osher is represented by the Washington Printmakers Gallery, DC (since 1985) and the Ceres Gallery, NY (since 2005). Osher is also a private art instructor and consultant, guiding students in college art portfolio development.