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Marita Parisi - Storyteller in Pencil
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About Marita Parisi's Art

First and foremost: I draw because I love to draw.

The Originals:

Pencil allows me to make a statement, tell the story I wish to tell and maintain my own personal style. Pencil is immediate, direct and always a challenge, inspiring and motivating me. I'm constantly trying to be better, to learn new ways to use the pencil. Many experimental drawings are just for me, never leaving the drawing table, but these teach me new approaches which are then incorporated into other pieces that do go public.

My subject matter comes from 52 years of living and observing, of reading and writing. One's past cannot help but become a part of the artwork. All of my life I have been closely connected to nature, wildlife and people who are close to the land and its creatures. These are my palette and inspiration. These are my teachers and companions.

My drawings come from a combination of things. I observe, I sketch, I photograph, I read, I imagine. Often research is a necessary part of what I do. I travel and attempt to experience firsthand as much as possible. I ask questions. And yes, I use some photographic references; after all, I portray realism. To get those lines around the eyes I need to see them close up. But imagination and artistic license play a major role in the final interpretation. Consider me to be a Storyteller in Pencil.

My materials consist of as many pencils as I can find. My favorites tend to be the harder pencils, 2H-9H, which produce those wonderful fine lines, but I still sometimes use the softer pencils, F,H, HB through to 6B. I work with lines and strokes, building and layering and using directional strokes to achieve certain effects.

My papers too are varied. Each paper responds differently to the various pencils. Only experimentation can uncover these new and magical properties: Strathmore Bristol, Hot Press Illustration Board, Watercolor papers are some of the papers I've enjoyed.

The Prints

To make my work affordable to everyone, I have prints made from my original drawings. Together with a printer, I experiment with papers and reproductions to achieve the best possible result. Each print is done as a black and white only to allow me to hand-color in a variety of ways. Sometimes I will use colored pencil, sometimes watercolor and sometimes I will pull my print through my Conrad etching press and do isolated unique experimental work. For special editions I will also hand emboss some prints with designs I have created on copper plate. And some specially pulled prints are remarqued.

For the special editions, it is necessary to contact me directly, since prices can vary with the complexity and uniqueness of the prints.

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Who's Who in the East  
  YWCA Publication: "Tribute to Women"  
  The Smithsonian Institute: National Zoological Park International
Cheetah Studbook Cover
 

Gallery Representation Top of Page
Sundancer Gallery - Cocoa Village, Florida  
  Long Ago and Far Away - Manchester Center, Vermont  
  Nature Art Gallery - Lake Katrine, New York  
  Jubiar - www.jubiar.com  

Awards Top of Page
First Place The Villages Art Show
The Villages, Florida
 
First Place Downtown Syracuse Arts Festival
Syracuse, New York
 
Purchase Award Osceola Art Festival
Commissioner, Osceola County, Florida
 
First Place Homosassa Arts and Crafts Festival
 
 
First Place Chenango Colorscape
Norwich, New York
 
Honorable Mention Canandaigua Arts and Crafts Festival
2003 - New York
 
Judges Award Bartow Bloomin' Arts Festival
Florida
 
  Second Place Mandarin Art Festival Festival
Florida
 
  First Place Hernando de Soto Historical Society
Florida
 
  Merit Award Art Arbor
St. Petersburg, Florida
 
  President's Purchase Award Sunfest
Florida
 
  First Place Bradenton Art Festival
Florida
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  Best of Show Martin County Council for the Arts
Florida
 
  Best of Show Stuart
Florida
 
  Merit Award Boynton Beach
Florida
 
  Higginbottom Award New Smyrna
Florida
 
  Second Place Mystic
Connecticut
 
  Honorable Mention Mayfair Festival of the Arts
Pennsylvania
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  Purchase Award Melbourne
Florida
 
  Honorable Mention Syracuse
New York
 
  First Place Mandarin Arts Festival
Florida
 
  Award of Commendation Deland
Florida
 
  Third Place Cocoa Village Fine Arts Festival
Florida
 
  Honorable Mention Amrita Gallery
Poughkeepsie, New York
 
  Second Place Narragansett Art Festival
Rhode Island
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  Best of Show Bonita Springs
Florida
 
  Third Place Allentown Arts Festival
Buffalo, New York
 
  First Place Westfest
Westfield, Massachusetts
 
  First Place MVCC
Utica, New York
 
  First Place Park Avenue Arts and Crafts Show
Rochester, New York
 
  First Place Allentown Arts Festival
Buffalo, New York
 
  Purchase Award Utica
New York
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  First Place Niantic Arts Festival
Connecticut
 
  First Place Westfield Arts Council
Massachusetts
 
  Second Place Mystic Arts Festival
Connecticut
 
  Third Place Glastonbury Fine Arts Festival
Connecticut
 
  Honorable Mention Ogunquit
Maine
 
  First Place Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival
Connecticut
 
  First Place Canandaigua Arts Festival
New York
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  Second Place Mystic
Connecticut
 
  Third Place Allentown Art Festival
New York
 
  Honorable Mention East Hartford Art League
Connecticut
 
  Third Place White Plains Outdoor Art Festival
New York
 
  Honorable Mention Greene County Arts and Crafts Guild
New York
 
  Second Place Allentown Art Festival
New York
 
  Judges Award The Art League of Marco Island
Florida
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  Award of Merit New Smyrna
Florida
 
  Award of Excellence New Riverfest
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
 
  First Place Narragansett Art Festival
Rhode Island
 
  First Place Park Avenue Arts and Crafts Festival
Rochester, NY
 
  Honorable Mention Mystic Art Show
Mystic, CT
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  Judges Choice Award Mt. Gretna Art Festival
Mt. Gretna, PA
 
  Patron Award Beaux Arts, Lowe Museum
Coral Gables, FL
 
  Award of Commendation New Smyrna
Florida
 
  Honorable Mention Mandarin Arts Festival
Florida
 
  Second Place Niantic Art Show
Connecticut
 
  Award of Distinction Downtown Syracuse Arts and Crafts Show
New York
 
  First Place - Graphics Niantic Outdoor Art Show
Connecticut
 
  Honorable Mention Mandarin Art Festival
Florida
 
  Third Place Vero Beach "Under the Oaks" Art Show
Florida
 


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