Artists of the Brandywine Valley
Excerpts from a new book by Catherine Quillman.
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Mary Page Evans
Mary Page Evans is a native of Virginia who has exhibited since the 1970s, when she had gallery shows in Washington, D.C., and studied at the Corcoran School of Art. She is recognized for her mixed-media approach to the landscape, working much like a traditional plein aire painter while abstracting nature. She describes it as a process that combines close observation with constant reworking. “I am always creating and destroying until I arrive at the inevitability of this particular landscape.” Although she frequently paints her garden, Evans has found most of her subjects outside the Brandywine Valley. They include the vibrant colors of the Shenandoah Valley and the towering cloud formations seen along the beaches of Delaware and Florida.
Carolyn Chen is a Wilmington native whose background—she is a graphic designer who earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Delaware—may seem at odds with life as a painter. She is considered a classic realist in part because of her training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she developed a painterly approach and learned the techniques of “direct” painting, an approach defined by direct observation and on-site painting. Chen traces her ancestry back 27 generations in Hong Kong and China, and finds herself, as a first generation American, interested in maintaining ties, even if it’s in paint. “It’s a small bridge that I am making to my past.”
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