Marta Dorton

I earned a BA in Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. After graduation I worked in graphic arts. My husband and I owned a sign and screenprinting business. After my husband’s death, I sank into depression. My need for self-expression and distraction brought me back to painting. Working with color, feeling the paint and solving design problems lifted me from the darkness by shifting my focus away from myself. My painting process involves scraping layers of Liquitex acrylic paint onto canvas with a squeegee. Textures build and visual excitement is created as layers of paint are applied and lower layers of color show through. I experiment with the process and enjoy the surprises as I layer colors. The textures and colors in my paintings reflect my vision of life and the experiences we share. I seek the positive in life, and I find it throughout nature. I feel a completeness and freedom when I’m standing in an old growth forest, beside a bluegreen ocean or on a wind swept mountain. Through experiencing the natural world, I feel inner peace. I draw from nature’s colors and textures, intensifying them in my artwork. My squeegeed acrylic paintings are juried into the Kentucky Crafted Program and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.