A Passion for Painting
Pauline Marr

The May meeting of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will feature South Carolina artist Pauline Marr.  

Ms. Marr is a prolific painter who now works mainly in oils and acrylic.  She received a degree in Commercial Art and Advertising Design from Southwestern Community College.  Besides spending a great deal of time in her studio, she also teaches art at the Cashiers Senior Center and works 20 hours per week at the Tamassee Daughters of the American Revolution orphanage.

Ms. Marr grew up on a farm in the Western North Carolina Mountains with 11 brothers and sisters.  She sometimes felt the need to escape to the quiet of the nearby woods and peaceful streams near the French Broad River.  The filtered light in the woods and the sparkle of the sun on the water inspired her to begin her career in art.  Her first efforts were in pencil and then pen and ink.  She sold her first painting, a still life with Queen Anne’s lace, when she was 12.  She developed a passion for creating art in high school, and after 40 years that passion has not abated.

Much of her work still centers on the natural beauty of the woods and streams, and her use of color captures the many faces of light that first drew her to her vocation.  Several local galleries carry her work, and she attends many outdoor and indoor shows each year. Her style may best be described as impressionistic, sometimes bordering on the abstract.  

Ms. Marr’s lifestyle, while not entirely unique, is nonetheless non-mainstream.  She lives a simple life in a cabin with no electricity, heated with wood and flushed with rainwater.  She is currently building a new studio, whose dimensions of 24 x 14 are the same as her cabin.

You’ll find her presentation a worthwhile and enlightening way to spend an hour or so at 5:00 P.M. on May 22 in the Atrium of The Bascom, following a wine social that begins at 4:30.  The presentation and social are free and open to the public.  For more information about the Art League, visit artleaguehighlands-cashiers.com.

Please note that the Art League’s article in the March edition of Laurel incorrectly stated that the July meeting would be on July 21.  The correct date is July 31.