Marjorie Portnow

Educated at Western Reserve University, Pratt Institute, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Marjorie received her masters of fine art at Brooklyn College where she studied with Philip Pearlstein and Gabriel Laderman.

She paints on location and is able to capture a unique sense of time and place.

John Arthur, in his book Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting and the American Tradition (Little Brown 1989, pg.86) describes Marjorie's method of painting with great accuracy: "She carefully works out her composition by viewing through a string grid, an old device used by Dürer and Van Gogh, and blocks the image onto the canvas with loose, colored washes of oil: She then slowly develops and tightens the composition, bringing it to the clear airy conclusion that typifies her work."

Speaking of her own sense of place Marjorie has stated: "Place for me means an area I have lived in and been moved by enough to paint it many times over. Enough so that I close my eyes I have its image, its particular sense of space and light, very present in my mind, both visually and physically...I tend to pick a few places and go back to those places over and over, day after day, to walk and to paint (like Cezzanne) building up many layers of associations...I feel these places are as necessary to me as food."

Elected to membership in the National Academy of Design in New York City, she also teaches there and at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. She has been visiting professor at many colleges and universities in America. For may years she showed with the Fishbach Gallery and recently had a one person show at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Her work appears in almost all the major museum exhibitions of American landscape painting including: The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art ( Selections From The Metropolitan Museum of Art); Landscape Painting (1960-1990) (The Italian Tradition in American Art), and books in which her work appears include John Arthur's The American Landscape Tradition Since 1950 and Alan Gussow's The Artist as Native (Reinventing Regionalism). She has received fellowships to Yaddo and the Mac Dowell Colony and innumerable awards including The Hassan Purchase Prize from the American Institute Academy of Arts and Letters: National Endowment of the Arts, Ingram Merrill Grant, Tiffany Grant. Her many collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; The Sheldon Art Museum, The National Academy of Design, The Graham Gund Collection, The Jacob Kaplan Collection Citibank Corporation of North America, and The AT&T Collection