Marylee Sunseri

My artwork began because of my music career. I am a lifelong touring performer and producer/singer/songwriter of 16 albums of music, created primarily for young children. Performances and recordings need art and advertising, and that spurred my study and practice of visual arts. In 1983, I was inspired by reading the groundbreaking text, Drawing On The Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. By practicing Edwards’ art exercises, taking art classes at MPC, workshops with local fine artists and with my husband’s (sculptor-painter Frank Sunseri’s) encouragement, I began drawing, then painting. In searching for a medium that is both colorful, portable and immediate, I found soft pastels. I now paint exclusively in pastel on sanded paper. I have long adored the works of the French Impressionists, especially their pastel paintings. It thrills me to use the same materials as Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. They are long-lasting, as much as oil-based paint, when connected to archival paper and protected behind glass. I consider myself to be forever a beginner with so much to learn, and yet my paintings are stacking up, safely kept under sheets of glassine, until the next chance to frame them and show them.

MaryLee Sunseri

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