Marjorie Sayer’s goal is to explore ways to experiment with the figure and landscape in different spatial relationships. She wants the figure to exist and be recognizable but gradually become more abstract by bold strokes of color and gesture. The finished paintings are a result of numerous layers of paint creating a sense of tension between areas of lightness and heaviness, having human forms that seem to emerge, then disappear. “I love the expressive tactile quality that I arrive at by using Impasto oil paint applied with a palette knife. The creation of the painting is rapid and the result is texture and exhilaration,“ she says. Her response to both the figure and to landscape is immediate. It is visceral. Charcoal highlights the gesture in mark making. She says that landscapes are another matter; they embrace the ground, sky, barns and are joyful and rich with color.
Ms. Sayer received her BFA from Cornell University, with a semester abroad at the University of Florence, Italy. She studied for her Masters in History of Art at NYU and the University of Munich, Germany; painted at Arts Student League in NYC. She studied at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln MA, after many years not having painted, with Tim Harney, a task master of organization, clear color and form. In 2010, Sayer participated in Vermont Week at the Vermont Studio Center. She moved to Sarasota in October 2014. She is Membership co-chair for the Fine Arts Society and Program co-chair for Women Contemporary Artists.