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Maria Walther, Painter

MariaI was born in The Netherlands and studied Fine Art at the Vrije Academie in The Hague under Professors Wil Bouthoorn and Jan Sierhuis, and at the Minerva Academy in Groningue under Professor Jan de Boer.


I have exhibited in Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningue and here in France.

In The Netherlands I began by working on woodcuts, etching and large format oil painting, stylistically mostly abstract or lyrical.

 

I now work on large format with glaze finish, an ancient technique involving the application of very thin coats of oil paint, which work to produce a transparent effect against the dry underpainting of the picture.  Usually, several coats are required to produce the desired, ‘shine through’ effect.

 


Glazing was a technique employed by painters since the invention of oil painting. Although in theory it is very simple, in practice glazing can be a very complex undertaking. In the simplest terms, glazing consists in brushing a transparent layer of paint over another thoroughly dried layer of opaque paint. The underpainting, as the dried layer is usually called, is usually monochromatic but it may also contain color.

 

brugThe two layers of paint are not physically but optically mixed. Glazing is similar to placing a sheet of colored acetate over a monochrome photograph. The paint used to glaze must be diluted by an oil to achieve the correct fluidity for brushing. Glazing creates a unique "shine through" stained glass effect that is not obtainable by direct mixture of paint.

 

Usually, several coats are required to produce the desired effect.

 

I live in a little hamlet near the picturesque village of Lastours in the Black Mountains, in the midst of the Cathar region, and overlooked by four medieval castles not far from the magnificent city of Carcassonne.

 

Vineyards producing the AOC wines of Cabardès and Minervois grow in abundance nearby, but it is the wild nature of the Black Mountains above all else, with its wide variety of flora and fauna, that is the fundamental source of my inspiration.