Local artist Linda Wharton likes to find the balance between studying art and making art, she told College of Southern Maryland students, faculty and guests at the March 9 gallery talk of her exhibition. She drew on Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer, 20th century abstract painter Richard Diebenkorn and American realist Jeremy Lipking as inspiration when she painted Mary with the water pitcher, of her niece. I had three ideas floating in my head and thats how I approach what I do, she said.
Wharton, an adjunct faculty member at CSM teaching drawing, has a bachelors degree from St. Marys College of Maryland, and has studied watercolor in Japan and painting in Venice and Florence, Italy, as well as with artists in Maryland and Virginia. Her exhibitions have shown at Anne Marie Gardens in Lusby, at the North End Gallery in Leonardtown, at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons and at the Belleveue Store Gallery in St. Michaels.
John Kubik of Washington, D.C., who attended the gallery talk, enjoys hearing about what the artist was thinking while painting. If you know what she was thinking or feeling, you can take it in better, Kubik said. A history major, Kubik said that after taking two art history classes at CSM he has a better perspective of not only what was going on politically in any particular time period, but also what was going on culturally.
Kubiks favorite Wharton painting is Blithe Spirit, of a young biker woman clad in brown leather jacket, bandana and pig tails. Wharton explained that the model, Sonja, was also an artist that worked out of the Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. She came in that outfit to pose for several artists, said Wharton. She wanted to be Fierce Sonja. But because she was always such a delightful person, I could only see Pippi Longstocking.
Whartons exhibit, which includes Mary with the water pitcher, an oil on linen; Feet, Tres crayon, three color chalk; and The Dreamer, a red chalk. The exhibit continues at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery through March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during Fine Arts events. The college is closed for spring break between March 17 and 21 and will re-open on March 22.
For information on the exhibit and the Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery schedule, visit www.csmd.edu/FineArts/galleries.
CSM Exhibit Exploring the Figure: Drawings and Paintings by Linda Wharton. Feb. 26- March 28 (closed March 17-21 for the colleges spring break), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday and during Fine Arts events. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. 301-934-7828, 240-725-5499, 443-550-6199, 301-870-2309, Ext. 7828 or www.csmd.edu/Finearts.