E. Craig Marcin

Email: optickle@optonline.net
Media: Visual Mixed Media

I didn’t begin my venture into the art world as an artist/painter, rather the researcher of a single piece of art from my parent’s home. In 2009, I wrote: “My travels with a single piece of art have taken me to places I never dreamed of. It has been time consuming but never tiresome, a journey I hope to take again and again.” As a “layman”, with no knowledge of the subject art, direction in which to go or method to use, I initially stumbled through the art world like a drunken sailor. With responses and help from experts in the field throughout the world, I was encouraged to continue my journey.  As a result of researching this one piece of art, I have added Provenance to significant paintings at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - Rotterdam, Netherlands, Carnegie Museum of Art -Pittsburg, The Detroit Institute of Art - Detroit, MI, The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis – The Hague, Netherlands, The Harvard Art Museum – Cambridge, MA, Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, MA. Paintings by incredible artists such as Anthony Van Dyck, Sir Peter Lely, Jerome Bosch, Jan Steen, Angelo Gronzino and Scipio Pulzone. The research and joy and satisfaction this work brought to me were incredible. It has propelled my yearning to understand and create.   My initial work began by carving images on wood panels, then staining or painting them with acrylics and watercolors.  I soon realized that the character and properties of the wood were limiting what I could do to with the images I was creating. I knew that I could do so much more in a different medium – so I started this new journey learning from artist, and classmates and viewing with a better educated eye, the work of my “influences”. I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another although my tendencies are towards landscapes and objects within them. I travel with my camera, which became my notebook and sketchpad. My “studies” are done in Photoshop, cropping, changing orientation, colorimetry and contrast. A bright beautiful photo can take on more emotion when the color is removed or replaced. Details seen only in high contract become visible. All these tools add to what I want to convey in my art. My influences are some familiar names, Eric Sloane, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, and John-Singer Sargent  and some not-so familiar Weaver and Erlagen and Fratrich. All artists working in watercolors for some of their most important pieces.