Dancing in Color

paintings by
MARCIA SANTORE | Writer + Artist

Near Miss 

Why does she have so many legs? Because she needs them. Dancing for joy.
50.5″ x 36″, acrylic paint & paper on loose canvas, hangs from a wooden dowel 

Strong Nuclear Force 

Joy and chaos: holding all things together. 
69″ x 54″, acrylic paint & recycled sewing pattern tissue paper on loose canvas 


I didn’t know what this painting was about until after it was finished. Turns out, it is all about the joy of family. 
36″ x 48″, oil on canvas (previously published in TOSCA Magazine)


A viewer recently pointed out that when you look at this painting off-center, the blue sides of the canvas create bars that disappear when you look at it straight on. Hmmm. The joy of freedom. 
36” x 64”, acrylic on five 36″ x 12″ canvases hung with 1″ space between



Writer + Artist

What does any artist mean but this? Look! See what I see. 

I love color—vibrant, can’t-miss-it color, juxtaposed with more color, in noncontinuous, nonrepetitive patterns that create shapes or suggest movement. I love the paint itself and everything it will do—thick, thin, smooth, textured, brushed on, dabbed on, sponged on, pressed on with a drinking straw or a pencil eraser. I am drawn to the endless possibilities of color, texture, line, and form to explore the point of balance between the abstract and the figurative—echoing but never repeating the variations found in life. Sometimes this spills over into almost complete abstraction, yet always with a basis somewhere in physical motion. Each painting is a new exploration, often resulting in somewhat ambiguous images that provoke very individual viewer responses—emotional, psychological, even political. I think every artwork should have this kind of active rather than static interpretive life—empowering each viewer to determine the work’s ultimate meaning, and allowing that meaning to change over time. 

Enjoy more of Marcia’s work at www.marciasantore.com (artist website), www.artyop.com (artYOP! blog: stories about art and artists), and on Instagram @marciasantore.