I am drawn to watercolors because of the transparency and luminosity I can achieve with them. I paint primarily to depict the beauty of light and the delicacy of the medium enables me to capture the range of variations in value and color that light reveals, from striking to subtle. The objects I paint are mostly an excuse to paint the light that plays off their surfaces. I often like to zoom in on my subjects, producing intimate portraits, closely drawing the viewer in. This is evident in my florals and still lifes. I am also drawn to interiors with sunlight streaming in and scenes from local New England towns, from Nantucket to Maine including porches, store fronts, street scenes, doorways, all illuminated by early morning or late afternoon light. The sun at these times of day, creates the most interesting patterns of light and shadow. I paint things that I find beautiful, situations I find peaceful and calming. I wish to bring those feelings to the viewer.
Marla is an award winning watercolorist. Her numerous awards have been won both on a regional and national level. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, a past President and Vice President of the New England Watercolor Society, as well as a Signature member and a former member of their board.
She has been featured in American Artist Watercolor Magazine, with her work chosen for the cover. Her work is on display at the Wit Gallery and Canyon Ranch in Lenox and at Florentine Gallery in Weston, Massachusetts. It can also be viewed on her website: marlagreenfield.com. Marla also teaches near her home in Wayland, Massachusetts.