Doran Marold paints geometric abstractions that are bold visual statements of color and design. The artist says her paintings in acrylic and watercolor reflect a sense of ‘organized chaos’.
‘The beauty of abstractions is that they can tell many stories,’ Marold said, ‘as well as evoke primal emotions that uplift and rejuvenate the spirit.’
Marold recently exhibited her bright canvases at the Sebastian Thomas Gallery in downtown St. Petersburg. The gallery is located in the 600 Block, an area with a diverse collection of shops, boutiques, galleries, performance venues and businesses.
People in the 600 Block have come together with a common bond, working to make this section of downtown a destination location for fun, fashion and the arts. There are exciting events held by area galleries, including artists painting live outdoors and a monthly event called the Second Saturday Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Downtown Arts Association. For the second year in a row, AmericanStyle magazine readers voted St. Petersburg as Number One on their list of the Top Twenty-five U.S. Art Destinations, recognizing our vibrant arts community. Visitors of St. Petersburg and surrounding cities in the Tampa Bay area seek out the arts on web sites and Facebook, finding this aspect as special as our beaches and beautiful weather.
Marold, who lived most of her adult life in Venice, California, moved to this area about a year ago. ‘I was delighted to have a show at the Sebastian Thomas Gallery in St. Petersburg and become an active member of the art community here in Florida, as I was in California,’ she said. ‘ My husband, Frank Lane, is an art director and fine artist. We relocated here to continue the collaboration and partnership we’ve enjoyed for the past twenty-five years.’
The couple share their lives and a web site, where they show their work together. Each artist has a distinct, expressive style that complements their partner’s. Both use geometric forms and brilliant color, but Marold uses more hard edges and definition, while Lane’s art is more fluent in his use of lines.
‘My painting style has been described as ‘controlled energy’, Marold said. ‘Rather than describing my own interpretations, I prefer to hear what other people see or feel when they view my paintings. I enjoy the many different stories that people are willing to share with me, which makes their experience more expansive.’
In addition to the acrylic medium of her newest paintings on canvas, Marold also creates wall assemblages which are a combination of broken pieces of granite, stone, wood and other found objects. Lane creates art using watercolor, ink, acrylic, and photography. Both artists sell archival art prints and signed digital prints, as well as fine art cards of their original paintings. Some of their cards are whimsical and fun, sharing their delight in nature and cats, and their hope for peace.
Click Marold’s photo to view a slide show of artwork by Doran Marold and Frank Lane.
Contact Doran Marold and Frank Lane:
Sebastian Thomas Gallery, Contemporary and Modern Art
635 Central Avenue, St Petersburg Florida 33701, 727-258-4869
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