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An Artist Speaks Season 6 Episode 9 with Guest Artist Maria Bertolone

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Maria Bertolone, is an artist from Blackpool, United Kingdom.  She loves Landscape painting which is her main genre.  Bringing a scene to life by creating the mood and atmosphere, thus drawing the viewer in so that they feel part of the scene, gives her a real sense of achievement.  She is a realist and endeavors to convey that quality as much as possible in all her pieces.  This brings certain challenges, such as constructing the composition then playing around with tonal values adding these things together just like fitting a jigsaw puzzle, and adding all the details, essentially the time of day, where a shadow might fall or sunlight dappling a winding path.  Her philosophy is to capture all these aspects.

“Art is my passion and always will be, ever since an early age I was always drawing and painting, winning many school competitions for the best painting. To this day, I've no idea how many drawing books and rubbers, pencils etc. I managed to get through. I work mainly from my vast collection of personal photos that I have taken over the many years when I've been on vacation.  I always have my camera at hand as it is my friend, and if I come across a certain scene or area of interest I like I take a photo.  Then when I'm at home, in my studio, I start working on it. I will always paint and produce art for as long as I possibly can.”

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