Linda Marshall - A Friend - Award of Merit
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Oil on board
12 x 12
"Upon first glance, Marshall's A Friend presents a pleasant, sentimental image; wherein content seemingly trumps form. However, upon closer inspection, this painting's minimal and carefully designed composition advances the work beyond mere sentimentality. In a direct nod toward dynamic symmetry, the dog and shadow's diagonal placement halve the composition. The dog's nose, strategically placed along the horizontal mid-point, serves to further the design's efficiency.
In addition to the composition's strong geometry, its graphic forms, highlight the underlying abstraction. At the same time, the evident perspective alludes to space and volume, creating an exciting tension between illusion and design."
This Award of Merit was sponsored by Rita Cutler.