Marsha Chandler nws, awa, sws, wpse

'Painting beautiful reflections of everyday life'



Marsha Chandler is a watercolorist who has realized her childhood dream of becoming a professional artist. As a country girl, her appreciation of all things great and small is reflected in her art. In her studio near Atlanta, she creates vibrant, dramatic still lifes expressing her love of details and reflective light. Her subjects are common objects that surround her daily. Even a trip to the farmers market for fruits and vegetables inspires her to paint.

Photo credit: Mike Nalley, photographer

Her contemporary still lifes are characterized by rich visual intricacies and meticulous details. Even though Marsha’s watercolors are representational in style, she strives to capture the interplay between realistic images and their naturally occurring abstractions and to integrate them harmoniously.  Each awe-inspiring still life incorporates captivating compositions that place major emphasis on the elements and principles of design.

With her art, Marsha endeavors to evoke happy memories of magical moments in times past and create an ode to the beauty in everyday objects. Her desire is to arouse a feeling of intimacy in the viewer and draw him or her into the complexities of the painting to see and experience a new perspective or thought about the subject.

Photo credit: Mike Nalley, photographer

Marsha’s medium of choice is watercolor. She delights in the way it flows, its luminosity, translucence and surprises, and the way it allows her to capture the distinctive qualities of light. Watercolor is the perfect medium for creating the dazzling still lifes for which she is known.

“I relish the entire process of creating a still life painting: conceiving the painting in my head, the search for accouterments, arranging a fascinating setup in natural or artificial light, snapping hundreds of photos from all angles and with rearranged props and the hours I spend reviewing the photos to discover the most compelling composition and then watching it come into existence..”

Since becoming a full-time artist, Marsha has studied extensively and taken workshops with nationally known artists such as Mel Stabin, Christopher Schink, Sue Archer, Chris Krupinski and Judy Morris, among others. Her paintings have been accepted into numerous Regional, National and International juried exhibits and has garnered a number of awards. In addition, she has had several solo shows.

Marsha is Signature Member the National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of Alabama, a Juried Member of International Guild of Realism, member of America Watercolor Society, and a Signature Member of American Women Artists and Women Painters of the Southeast . She is a former board member of Georgia Watercolor Society and the Atlanta Artists Center. Her original works are in Xanadu Studios, Scottsdale, AZ, and Dogwood Gallery, Tyrone, GA.