Posted by Juan Cajigas Jimenez October 22, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Northern Essex Community College:
Somerville artist Resa Blatman, who creates large paintings on intricately designed, multi-layered, laser-cut surfaces, is exhibiting her works in a show titled “Nature Paintings” at Northern Essex Community College’s ArtSpace, in the Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., through November 23. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Sponsored by NECC’s art and design department, this show features 10 pieces of both large and small scale work.
Blatman is the recipient of several grants, and her work has been featured in numerous magazines and online journals.
She received her BFA in graphic design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she’s been teaching advanced level graphic design since 1997; she also holds an MFA in painting from Boston University.
In addition to her larger pieces, Blatman also creates small paintings on Mylar, paper, and wood panels.
“I’m currently painting nature scenes that speak to environmental issues and how our thirst for fossil fuels affects our landscape and our natural resources. The laser-cut surfaces for these paintings are less ornate and the paintings themselves are darker; they include tornadoes and melting glaciers,” she said.
She has exhibited extensively throughout New England including the New Art Center, Newton, Tufts University Art Center, Medford, and Gallery 360, Northeastern University.
Blatman says she was born an artist.
“Working in a creative field is what comes naturally to me and I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. I love working with my hands and I enjoy the concentrated and dedicated time in my studio,” she says. “I get enormous satisfaction from making work that conveys my thoughts and feelings more articulately than I can in words. I also feel happy, satisfied, grateful, and honored to have a job that I love; to come home from my studio every day, feeling as if I’ve done something meaningful.”
Visit Blatman’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Resa-Blatman-painter/351299610849.
NECC offers an Associate Degree in General Studies: Art. For more information on this program go to http://www.necc.mass.edu/academics/courses-programs/areas/design/general-studies-art/