Block Island images adorn Sen. Whitehouse officeClaire Marschak artist
Rhode Island artist Claire Marschak, whose work prominently features images of Block Island, has been invited to display her paintings in the office of U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Her work was discovered by Whitehouse staffers on the website riArtists.com, a website created and managed by Ellen Waxman, owner of the Five Main art gallery in Wickford.
Three of her Block Island paintings, “The Bluff,” Beach Retreat,” and “Cooneymus Cove” hang among other works selected from riArtists.com, as part of an art loan program. They will remain in Whitehouse’s office until April.
Marschak has been an island summer resident for the past 20 years and is a member of the Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild.
“Being a member of the Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild and doing the outdoor shows has been a fun and rewarding experience,” she said. “I get to meet my customers, see them pick their favorite landscape or building scenes, and answer questions about my painting process.”
Marschak was a student of industrial design and has worked in the toy industry as a designer for more than 30 years.
“I have always drawn and painted, but when we moved from Buffalo, New York to Rhode Island, my desire to paint was rekindled,” Marschak said. “Rhode Island has so much natural beauty, and I remember my first visits to the island as a visual feast. I was amazed at the clarity of light and was challenged to capture it in the landscapes and building portraits I am so fond of. I have been oil painting about 15 years, and plein air painting is my passion. I consider myself a regionalist, but Block Island is my favorite muse.”
For inquiries about Claire’s paintings, and to see more paintings by her and other Rhode Island artists, visit riArtists.com, or visit clairemarschak.com.