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By: Chuck Marshall

Chuck Marshall (Charles W. Marshall, Jr.) Was born in Wilmington, Ohio, on December 7, 1957. The small town of New Antioch, about 7 miles outside of Wilmington, became home to Chuck, his one brother, five sisters, mother and father. The surrounding area was known for its agriculture – mainly hogs and com. So Chuck grew up working farms and spending ┬átime in his father’s construction trade, but Chuck knew he wanted to do something different with his life – he knew he was going to be an artist from a very early age. He would spend hours each day sketching images of fields, hillsides, and animals that he would see while roaming the countryside. He studied one year at the Art Institute of Cincinnati before studying at the California Art Institute in Southern California. His art career includes many years as an illustrator and graphic designer as well as his fine art. Chuck has been invited to and participated in many national plein air events as a guest artist, such as Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta Georgia, Door County, Wisconsin, and The Great American Paint Out, in the Apalachicola/ Panhandle Florida area. Chuck’s work has been published in International Artist Magazine, American Artist Magazine, and Plein Air Magazine. Chuck has won numerous local and national awards, and has also performed as a judge in many juried art shows. His work can be seen at the Landing Gallery, Rockland, Maine, the Mary Ran Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Hayley Gallery, New Albany, Ohio.

I found the energy of this scene intriguing. How does one show the action and energy of a working kitchen? I found the manipulation of shapes, edges, and colors worked for me. I wasn’t able to stand right there and paint, so I had to use photos. First thing I did was to flip the image horizontally. This helped me to control the way the viewer entered the painting. It then became about editing what to leave out, or leave in, and how much.

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