Marianne Halpern


“I have always loved art.  The challenge of the creative process- the ability to turn a blank piece of paper into art, and the actual use of paint, never ceases to attract me.

“I graduated from Hunter College as an art major and worked as a graphic designer for several years.  After a career as a stay-at-home mother, I became an art teacher.  In the summer of 1997, I registered for a class at the Nassau County Museum of Art and entered the world of watercolor painting.  I’ve been studying with Steve Lampasona since then.

“Whether I’m painting landscapes, still life, or the figure, I like to paint in a rather loose manner.  I like to maintain a balance between being realistic enough that the subject is understandable, and painterly enough that I’ve put my own stamp on it.  Watercolor allows me the freedom to let the paint mingle on the page, and encourages my ability to have fun with it.  Although I’m always aware of composition, color and the use of positive and negative space, I believe a little creativity goes a long way into making a better painting.

“My paintings have won awards from the Manhasset Art Association, the National Art League, The Art League of Port Washington and the Sid Jacobson Y.  My painting “Reflected Trees” was purchased by the Manhasset Public Library, and is on display in the second floor reading room.”

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