MARC ELLEN HAMEL
NATURE BASED PAINTINGS Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was in the midst of nature thriving all around me. Forty years of living in San Francisco made me crave the natural environment, and I began to I spend a lot of time in Plumas County of Northern California, which is part rural and part wilderness. The colors, shadows, patterns and spaces I saw during my nature walks stayed with me and I began to make paintings to recall the beauty and freedom I felt. Both when walking in nature and working alone in the studio are where I reconnect with myself.