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Prairie Terrain: Art by Edie Marshall


A series of paintings of different terrainTerrain (detail)

Edie Marshall is a Saskatchewan-based painter who uses her artwork to look at the prairie landscape and environment. Edie’s recent work centers on photos of the prairie terrain taken during a road trip.

 

A series of oil paintings of desert terrain mounted on a single sheet of paperTerrain (detail), oil on paper mounted on panel

 

I really like the impressionistic style that Edie uses in her paintings. I find it works particularly well in her recent Terrain series. For these works, the artist took 1,500 photos on a road trip through desert areas of the United States, many taken from the window of a car. For the art project, Edie used these photos as reference images for 1,000 tiny paintings. Arranged as a grid, each set of paintings offers a flowing selection of landscape, giving the viewer a narrative impression of a trip through that particular environment.

 

A screen capture of the front  page of Edie Marshall's websiteThe front page of Edie's website

 

Edie’s Articulated Places series is a similarly cohesive selection of environmental snapshots. Each painting showcases a close-up of prairie grassland. The technique that Edie uses creates an almost abstract appearance, with a range of deep green tones expressed in elongated brush strokes.

 

A close-up painting of dark prairie grassGrass #8: Grasslands National Park West Block, oil on terra skin paper


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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