This year's Arts Festival poster unveiled
Previously a practicing attorney in Orlando, she became an artist after living on a boat, migrating up and down the East coast of the U.S., and consciously deciding to paint professionally. A self-taught artist, Madeliene works from her studio in Fort Lauderdale where she currently lives.
Finding brushes too constricting, she paints with a palette knife which she feels automatically leads to big imagery and strong definitive marks. Her work is figurative, but with an impressionistic twist.
Each of Madeliene’s paintings focus on a single subject, and are always something that bring her joy whether sailboats or vintage cars, musical instruments or cocktail-related objects like martini glasses or shakers. People are never included in her paintings so as to avoid distraction from the inanimate subject matter.
“I paint because it fills me with a sense of well-being, of belonging, and enables me to totally be in that moment of consciousness,” she said. “I am never closer to myself than at those moments.”
Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Lt. Gov. of Florida; Commissioner Ken Russell and Monty Trainer, head of the Arts Festival. Three big-shot Grovites.
I got to kibitz with Cris Sweeny and Claire Lardner of FrameWorks, which is having it's reopening party on Saturday, February 6. Claire said I looked stressed. I think it might have been that incredible orange vodka drink they had at the event.
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is Saturday through Monday, February 13-15, 2016, in downtown Coconut Grove. All info is at cgaf.com.
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