“My work resides within the rich tradition of landscape painting and the variety of ways in which our environment is experienced and perceived.” Marcia Goldenstein received her Masters of Fine Art in painting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught drawing and painting at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville since 1976. Her teaching experience also extends to summer programs at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Summervail in Colorado and as a visiting artist at numerous institutions including the National Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia; Tudor Hall, Banbury, United Kingdom; Arts Council, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; University of Texas, San Antonio; and University of Indianapolis. Her paintings have appeared in many solo and invitational exhibitions in the United States, Europe and China and are included in numerous museum, corporate and private collections. Goldenstein writes as eloquently about her work as she does creating each piece.
About her style: “I vacillate between paintings that capture specific moments in time and space, and paintings that offer composite views with multiple images that reflect a more complex response. Extensive travel continues to increase my repertoire of personal places, but I often return to my roots in the Great Plains where the sky and prairie dominate. Another native of the plains, Willa Cather, wrote, ‘It must have been the scarcity of detail in that tawny landscape that made detail so precious.’ Painting the immensity of the space intrigues me as much as the precious details, giving substance to the layers of atmosphere and air. Within each painting I acknowledge both the historical context of the genre and my personal sense of place and belonging.”