Art Maker: Marjorie Tauer, painter

  • Painter Marjorie Tauer of Easthampton is seen here with work from her recent exhibit at Easthampton’s Lathrop Community. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Artwork by Marjorie Tauer hangs in the halls of the Lathrop Community. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Artwork by Marjorie Tauer of Easthampton, hanging in the halls of the Lathrop Community. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Marjorie Tauer of Easthampton is seen here at her recent exhibit at the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • “Maine View,” watercolor and ink. Image courtesy Marjorie Tauer

  • “Lighthouse,” watercolor and ink. Image courtesy Marjorie Tauer

  • At far left, “Flower Frolic,” watercolor.

Published: 1/18/2019 9:00:00 AM

Marjorie Tauer may have retired from her career as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist, but she’s been keeping busy with another great interest: painting. Taure, of Easthampton, has worked with oil, acrylic, and pastel when crafting her landscapes and other nature-inspired paintings, but she especially enjoys watercolors; it’s a more forgiving medium than people realize, she says.

Tauer also leads regular painting classes at Easthampton’s Lathrop Community. It’s a wonderful experience, she says, because it cuts both ways: “I think most any artist will agree with me that when you teach, you learn so much more about your craft.”

Hampshire Life: Talk about the work you're currently doing. What does it involve, and what are you trying to achieve?

Marjorie Tauer: My most recent exhibit was at the Lathrop Community Gallery in the Inn in Easthampton. I also have small paintings hanging in the Easthampton City Arts Gallery and in Easthampton’s Elusie Gallery.

I have recently done a series of butterflies with very loose backgrounds. I am going to begin a few paintings of the Northern Lights and sunsets in similar soft rainbow-like rays of soft colors. Mostly I paint en plein air or from photos that I’ve taken. 

HL: What do you draw inspiration from? Do you ever have any “Eureka!” moments?

MT: My main inspiration comes from the beauty of nature, skies, ocean scenes, water and trees. I am a landscape artist for the most part. Sometimes I will see someone else’s picture and if I am inspired, then I must change the work so that I am not copying.

HL: How do you know when your work is finished?

MT: When I think my painting is finished, I put it up on my piano and it talks to me then. For example: You need to be darker here, or that line isn’t right.

HL: Have you ever had a “mistake” — a project that seemed to be going south — turn into a wonderful discovery instead?

MT: Sometimes the painting just doesn’t work, so I put it away for awhile. Then sometimes later, I have found some small painting hiding in the larger work.

HL: Name some artists you admire or who have influenced your work. What about their art appeals to you?

MT: I have been inspired by many artists, including famous ones like Georgia O’Keefe, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. I was fortunate to take a workshop with Milford Zornes when I lived in California, and Angus Rands in England. I have taken workshops with Tony Couch, Tony Van Hasselt, Walter Cudnohufsky, and others. The teacher that influenced me the most was Jack Flynn. He lived in this area of New England, but relocated to Virginia Beach. He has taught many of my fellow artists.

I also have an extensive collection of watercolor books of artists who have influenced my painting, such as Frank Webb, Zoltan Szabo and, again, Tony Van Hasselt. When I am teaching, I find myself checking many of my books to see how others have taught landscape painting.

HL: Dream dinner party — who would you invite? 

MT: I would definitely invite Zoltan Szabo and Georgia O’Keefe. What a wonderful conversation we could have.

— Steve Pfarrer



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