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Maggie Renner Hellmann, MRHFA

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Santa Cruz, California 


Bold, richly colored and emotionally expressive, Maggie's seascapes, landscapes, figures and still life epitomize the term 'California Impressionism'.  Maggie works with intense color and dynamic but carefully thought out color relationships. She pours out her spirit and love for our many gifts of nature, capturing this energy within her paintings.

"Plein air painting or 'painting from life' is my way of seeking oneness with God and nature. I can feel the magic of nature feeding my energy through sun and wind, temperature, sound and movement.  Painting is also, my way of drinking in nature’s gift of freedom.  I paint that freedom through color, brushwork and composition.  In this way, my work is expressive and emotive as well as Impressionistic in style. French and American plein air painters Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Selden Gile, Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne and William Wendt are all inspirations to me."

"Whether painting outdoors or bringing my experience of nature into the studio, my goal is to express these experiences with my work. Intuition is key as I approach each painting with an earnest desire to capture the moment and pour my inner experience and energy onto the canvas. I invite color to lead me, and then the viewer, into the joys of nature.

"Without nature, I am lost."


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