Marieluise Hutchinson, a self taught artist from Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts and Cushing, Maine, paints subjects of “roads less travelled.” The distinct seasons of New England as well as its character present an endless source of inspiration. A deep respect and sensitivity for the commonplace is evident as she records the passage of time of vanishing homesteads, fields and farmlands of rural America. Marieluise is a Copley Artist at the Copley Society of Boston, a Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association and a member of the Cape Cod Museum of Art. She is also in the permanent collection at the Cahoon Museum of American Art and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.
Growing up during the early 1950’s-a time when our nation was strong and at peace, patriotism played a significant role in the evolution of her aesthetic expression. This accounts for the frequent appearance of the American flag in many of her paintings.
The basis of an artist’s work, the reasons behind composition and subject matter, is often the result of their personal foundation. The influences and preferences of a painter are brought forth in a clear context by the way they paint. Without question the idealogy supporting the paintings by Marieluise are due in part to her upbringing. From “hearty stock”, her formative years were enjoyed in a bucolic 1820’s homestead in Hanover, Massachusetts; Marieluise chooses the countryside inasmuch as it chooses her.
Marieluise is self taught. Many of her discoveries have resulted from trial and error. Always drawn to creative pursuits, she did not, however, begin to paint until her late twenties. Her work has a tone of thoughtfulness, a tangible silence. It evokes the feeling of a crisp autumn evening or the chilling snap of winter. Or the solitude that follows in the wake of a New England snowfall, smoke drifting from farmhouse chimney tops – a pale veil of white drifting up into a sapphire blue night sky. Generally, no figures appear in her paintings but a human presence is implied by lights in the windows, clothes on the line or a snowman in front of the farmhouse.
]Proudly, in 2006, Marieluise had an authentic barn raising in Cushing, Maine. It is quintessential New England, placed in a meadow with stonewalls, woods and wildlife – her dream of the simplicity and beauty of America.
In May of 2013, Marieluise was commissioned by Amica (Automobile Mutual Insurance Company of America) to paint their annual Thanksgiving card. Marieluise has been a policy holder with Amica for 49 years. This painting is called “Harvest Home” and depicts a farm house in the moonlight, smoke rising from the chimney, pumpkins by the door, as you’ll see in the following video.