"Utilizing a very limited palette with graphite outlines and simplicity of design I create contemporary paintings with a panoramic view of the world."
Born 1951 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Marc van der Leeden earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and M.D. Degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Largely a self-taught artist he has exhibited nationally in solo shows in New York City and Vermont. A member of Northeast Watercolor Society and Academic Artists Association, Springfield Massachusetts, van der Leeden’s art has been published in Watercolor Magazine and "How Did You Paint That? One Hundred Ways to Paint Landscapes, Vol. 1."
Very recognizable and cohesive, van der Leeden’s series of works seem to utilize the full capacity of the watercolor medium. Although free and painterly, his brushstrokes become contained within the outline of each juxtaposed shape, creating a puzzle-like field where each form, hue, or brushstroke seems to be exactly in place allowing for the generation of a representational and very structured, architectural composition.
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