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Naudain Art Collaborative Group artists Lauren Sweeney and Mark Willie have a dual show opening virtually April 24 to showcase selected works in watercolor and oil.
About Lauren Sweeney:
Lauren has been an avid observer of natural forms in watercolor throughout her career of scientific observation, teaching, and research. She is attracted to compositions with exuberant variations in shape, color, texture, and pattern. At the same time, her compositions are sparsely populated to create a serene visual world. She has been increasingly drawn in recent years to exploring compositions for the abstract shapes and patterns they contribute, while still rendering them in a realistic fashion. She works mostly in watercolor for the freedom it gives her to bring a work to life gradually with multiple layers of transparent washes. Sometimes details call for emphasis with pencil, pastel or gouache.
Over the last decade, Lauren has participated in in a number of shows in Philadelphia and environs. She has also done a number of commissions for both individuals and organizations; the longest association has been annual paintings for the Delaware Museum of Natural History of shells in their collection.
About Mark Willie:
Mark Willie’s plein air landscapes explore the ambiguities of the natural, the abstract and the expressive in mixed media works on paper. The drawing, painting, mark-making process emerges through the experience, contemplative or spontaneous, of the environment of which it is engaged. The work is very much part of the physicality of place. The recent paintings in this exhibition have all been done during the pandemic year.
Mark Willie is a practicing graphic designer and is Associate Program Director and professor of Graphic Design at Drexel University’s Westphal College. He divides his time between Center City Philadelphia and Greenwich, New Jersey.
The show is viewable online until June 1 at the group’s website, NaudainArtCollaborative.org.