“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso
As a child, I dreamt of having a pond in my backyard. The thoughts of floating in a glass-bottom boat, inspecting all the fascinating details underwater seemed ideal. As I look at nature, I am continually making comparisons of colors and shapes. Looking at the gradual value shifts, noticing the space between branches, or how light reflects off puddles. Nature has the power to heal the spirit. Though wild natural spaces are not always accessible throughout our busy routines, spending time with a painting can also have the same effect. Inspired by the wild, natural waters throughout the State of Utah, I discovered a love of the way the water mirrors the sky, the anthropomorphic character of the reflective trees and leaves floating on the surface. These paintings are an intimate view of the overlooked pools of water from Southern Utah to Willard Bay. Many of my works are painted from the perspective of the water’s edge.
The most amazing things happen in the first three minutes of painting. After that, I’m only adding bare essential marks while trying to leave as much of the underpainting as possible. This gives me a chance to work a little on each painting and then put it aside to live within my studio. It is easy to see what the piece needs by creating this distance. I leave my painting process exposed to create an opportunity for the viewer to experience these paintings formally with a focus on how it feels to be immersed in the details of nature.
Downy Doxey-Marshall is a native of Utah, born and raised in Salt Lake City, She has worked in many different mediums throughout her career; watercolor, oil paint, egg tempera, pigmented ink and embroidery on raw linen, and mixed media, and recently in film. Currently Downy paints large-scale oils on canvas, referencing the enigmatic landscape.
She earned her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah in 1988 and her MFA in painting and drawing from Brigham Young University in 1996. Doxey-Marshall’s professional career spans thirty years including national and international exhibitions. She has worked closely with the art communities in Arizona, Utah and Nevada. She has works in the State of Utah permanent collection, as well as of the Salt Lake Public Library, St. George Art Museum, Springville Museum of Art, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and many other corporate and private collections including Delta Airlines. She participated in co-designing and painting the Provo City Center Temple murals, including the north room ceiling. Doxey-Marshall’s work can be seen at Phillips Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
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