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B. St. Marie Nelson
Gray, Maine

"I paint primarily with oil on panel, and my process is one that explores composition and natural light. My recent work has focused on books as artistic objects, with a nod to the authors who write them. While most people think of the essential message found in a particular book, my work goes beyond that. I see that a beautifully bound book, even if worn and old, can become an artistic object by itself. In this way, I see that books can possess qualities beyond their text. They have the power to educate, delight and motivate. Reading a book like viewing art, allows us a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

"My painting often takes me beyond the walls of the gallery and into the community. Not only has my work permitted a wonderful exchange of ideas with the viewer, but it has also become a tool to promote literacy. It is now what moves me forward and shapes my art.

"I have a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from the State University of New York. I am currently a member of the National Association of Women Artists. I have exhibited throughout the U.S. and have paintings in both private and public collections."

Please click here for artist's website: www.bstmarienelson.com

Samples of B's work:

"The Voyage" -
14" x 14" oil on panel

"A Child's Garden of Verses" -
13.5" x 22" oil on panel

"First Edition" -
10" x 8" oil on panel

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