Spring has sprung at Marion Art Center opening

May 15, 2023

MARION — Artist couple Anne Carrozza Remick and Stephen Remick both have a similar source of inspiration — each other.

“We’re each other's best confidant,” said Stephen, while standing in front of his paintings in the upstairs gallery at the Marion Art Center.

“He’s my biggest inspiration,” said Anne, who was surrounded by her own work on display on the building’s first floor. “I feel like we’re that way for each other.”

The Dartmouth-based artist couple have their work on display at the Marion Art Center through June 24.

The pair’s second source of inspiration is nature and their own backyard.

Anne paints still lifes of flowers from her garden and fruit with a focus on color and light.

“I’ve always felt very connected to still lifes, I’ve always painted them,” she said.

Stephen added that his wife’s work is “beautiful, serene [and] sophisticated. “She’s not trying to be something she isn’t, she’s not trying to show off, it’s just what she connects with.”

Stephen also paints from life, his subjects include New England stone walls, forests, and his own “pandemic garden.”

“This is my pandemic garden,” he said, pointing to a large canvas depicting an overflowing garden surrounded by a white picket fence. “So I started painting it. The first year I had it, I was too intimidated to paint it, it was too much information.”

According to Stephen, he began painting landscapes after a long stint focusing on abstract work.

“I was painting these big color field paintings, like [American abstract painter Mark Rothko],” he said. “I started painting myself into a corner.”

When he transitioned to more figurative painting, Stephen said “it was clunky at first — I felt like an art student again — so I just started painting the area I lived in.”

Even though he moved away from abstract painting, he found that he was still pulling abstract concepts and methods into his landscapes. Many of his works contain “a solid color with another color around it,” he said.

“Even with my garden paintings, I really like the contradiction between the sharp angles and nature,” he said.

And whether they are trying new things, or sticking with tried and true methods, both artists know that they can go to each other for honest critique and advice.

“We’ll go to each other and ask, ‘does this work?’ — daily [and] hourly,” said Stephen.

However, added Stephen, having a wife who is a fellow artist can come with its own difficulties.

“It’s funny — I’ll be getting her flowers on [Mother’s Day], and she’ll say ‘oh great another still life,’ so when I’m looking for flowers I have that added pressure,” he said with a laugh.