Humid and steamy, the American Southeast landscape contains warm greens, bright florals and misty blues like nowhere else. Pastelist Marsha Savage put these unique colors together in a 60-piece set for artists of the American Southeast and worldwide to enjoy.
Please note: We attempt to match the colors of our pastels as closely as possible to the image shown above. Since every computer monitor displays colors differently please use the colors you see as a guide.
Marsha Hamby Savage Artist Statement:
My philosophy and favorite saying is “It’s the journey, not the destination!” As the artist, capturing the emotion of a place, recognition, or a feeling that one can identify with, is important to me. To make you see what I have seen is part of my objective; but to have you feel something when looking at the painting is my intention … l call it “viewer participation in the painting.” So, the journey of the mind is as important as the journey of the feet!
Flowing creeks, tall trees, sunlit rocks, rolling hills, and the summer scent of fresh bailed hay have been my inspiration for my journey. Travel to various places has fueled the inspiration. My love for plein air work is about the journey of learning to observe correctly, which teaches me color, atmosphere and light. Then my studio work is not limited by a photographic image.
About the Artist
Marsha Hamby Savage Bio
Colorful Landscape Paintings in Pastel, Oil or Acrylic
The inspiration for my art comes from a love of nature and outdoor activity. Some of my earliest memories are of taking off my shoes and wading in a creek, picking up a pretty rock, looking at the moss and running my hands over it. There’s something about moss that just makes me want to feel it. I create paintings from the Southeastern US, but also enjoy painting plein air in other places I visit. I love to spend a little time walking and exploring each new location before I start to paint. It allows me to soak up some of the color partnerships I find there; the way they integrate and harmonize with each other is usually first in my thought process.
I have been painting for over 40 years and won numerous awards at regional, National and International Juried Exhibitions. Most recently, I was awarded an “Honorable Mention” by Juror/Judge Lori Putnam at the 2014 BRMAA/SAAG National Show for a plein air painting, “Shem Creek Gold.” The “Guide to Georgia” featured my plein air oil painting, “Fall Festival” on their 2014 Spring Cover. My painting “Willeo Park Misty” won “Best of Show” at the 2010 Great Chattahoochee Paint Out in Roswell GA, an “Award of Distinction” at the 2012 Women Painters of the Southeast First Annual Show in Jacksonville, FL and was juried into the 2013 IAPS 19th Juried Exhibition in Albuquerque, NM. The painting, “Boat House Roses” was awarded “First Place” at the 2011 Madison GA Paint Out. I won a Purchase Award from the Buford Historical Museum for a painting of their town at the Buford Tannery Plein Air Festival.
Several of my paintings were chosen in 2010 for the Georgia State Capital, offices of David Ralston, Speaker of the House: a 48×36″ oil painting, and two smaller paintings. I have four large oil paintings that were commissioned for the Northeast Georgia Regional Hospital in Gainesville, GA, installed in the Surgical Wing waiting room. The same company also commissioned this year one large oil, 30″x66″ for a new wing of a hospital in Braselton, GA. My paintings are in corporate and private collections across the United States.
I was also honored to choose 60 colors for the “Marsha Savage Southeast Landscape Set” by Terry Ludwig Pastels. I am represented by Frameworks Gallery in Marietta GA, Magnolia Art Gallery in Greensboro GA, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assoc. in Blue Ridge GA, and Xanadu Gallery in their On-Line Gallery. Please support these galleries — visit and let them know you want to see work by Marsha Savage!
I plan several workshops each year and participate in plein air festivals and paint-outs as often as possible. I am asked frequently to give programs at arts organizations on my painting techniques, marketing and how I manage my art career. Demonstrating at arts organizations and my galleries several times each year is a real treat for me. I have studied with many talented and wonderfully giving artists! I am a Signature Member of the Women Painters of the Southeast and of the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild/Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, Merit member of the Atlanta Artist Center, and an Associate Member of American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and the International Plein Air Painters. I attained Master Circle Status in the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2013, and will receive the Gold Medallion at the convention in June 2015.