Artist Statement

I look for light; that quality of light that defines the mood, that describes the landscape, whether it's overcast, brilliant, or the setting sun. We get a different effect, always different and quite inspiring. It's always like that when I go to The Cape. From the tip of Provincetown, by the rocks that take you to the sandbar where Long Point Light resides, that is a wonder of light. Fifty miles out at sea, this is a place of very magical light. I've painted many works from there - all are different, yet they are from the same location - just a slight turn of the head - and you see the dunes, violet at dusk. Straight ahead, and you get the reds and oranges flying off the water! Or, the most brilliant blue sky with hugh puffs of clouds riding high - all reflected in the marsh at high tide.

The northeast coast is a great adventure to paint. But it's not the tightly realist canvas that I'm after. It's the personal and emotional relationship I feel for what I'm looking at as an artist - abstracted and interpreted. I want you to feel like you can walk into that landscape, feel the air, the grass blowing in the wind, engulfed in the light. I want you to know the place, as I do.

In my recent move to the North Fork of Long Island, a place of sublime beauty, I find myself entranced with the wonders of light, color and mood that play on the landscape from sunrise to sunset . My time here as an artist is for the purpose of exploring this Maritime landscape through its transitions of seasons along the beautiful coastline, farm fields, vineyards and amazing grasses, dunes, marshes, and beach.


Marla Lipkin grew up in New York City, attending the notable Music and Art High School. The artist went on to The Cooper Union School of Art, Architecture and Engineering, where she studied painting with Paul Resika, Leland Bell and Marcia Marcus. She also has a Masters of Art from Hunter College.

Ms. Lipkin has enjoyed many residencies. Her earliest - while still at Cooper Union was at the Provincetown Workshop, on Cape Cod, where she studied painting with Victor Candell and Leo Manso. This experience of leaving the city behind and discovering the light of the cape, was a lifetime transformation. When she graduated from Cooper Union, Ms. Lipkin went to the South of France for the winter/spring residency at the Michael Karolyi Foundation in Vence. She has been invited twice for the artist residency to the Edna Saint Vincent Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY.

Marla Lipkin has had many solo exhibitions in Soho, Chelsea and Long Island and throughout New England. Her work is in many private collections, corporations and hospitals. Most recently, Marlborough Hospital in Massachusetts, acquired two large scale paintings for their new cancer wing, 'Marsh Meditation' and a commission, ' Schartner Farm.'

The artists’ studio is on the North Fork of Long Island in Aquebogue,NY .