Nancy Marstaller Artist Statement
I love the process of representing what I see in the outer world and in my inner life, then connecting the two.
Ever since I was a teenager I have been making artwork trying to depict my spiritual journey. Perhaps at least partly because I grew up as a Quaker artist, coming from a tradition that worships in unadorned meetinghouses without sacred art, I have the urge to represent spiritual experience in physical form.
I love to paint and draw outdoors.
Every spring I am so delighted by the new colors and shapes of plants and trees, and the life that inhabits them.
Every summer and fall I want to paint and draw the harvest. In the winter I often use birds as a central motif, as their daily foraging to find food and the beauty of their beings draw my eye and thoughts.
I have created circular images since I was a teenager. In college I learned about mandalas: their forms being a representation of the universe or the search for wholeness.
I create them now for pleasure, for meditation, and to represent where my heart lies.
I started making prayer flags about 3 years ago, as one way of sending positive energy out into the world.
I noticed that people seemed to be taking in and often overwhelmed by negative news and ideas, even though there is so much good in the world. Making the flags seemed like one way I could help.
Making prayer flags got me back into printmaking, after many years of working mainly in watercolor, pencil, and collage. As you can see, much of my art is inspired by the world around me, especially birds.
I grew up in Freeport and now live in Harpswell, near the ocean and surrounded by woods, a pond, and the gardens we have created around our home. I work with watercolor, pencils, collage, and printing, and recently have been branching out into working with fabric, felting and creating books.
My work has been shown in local businesses and galleries. I currently have decorative eggs on display at Markings Gallery in Bath. These are dyed using the traditional Ukrainian methods and tools but are decorated with my own designs. I love to have people visit my studio too- give me a call.