Marlys Closser Greenhalgh creates original oil paintings and woodcut prints at Prickly Pear Studio, located in the colorful Baraboo Hills. Her work is inspired by beauty and design in nature, often observed and painted ‘en plein air’. She is passionate about and includes cacti and tropical plant form imagery in her work. Additionally, she has always loved portraiture and including figures in art. She recently produced an exclusive series of hand painted woodcut prints that celebrate architectural gems of the famous Al Ringling Theatre!
Marlys will be demonstrating her woodcut printmaking and oil painting techniques during the Fall Art Tour. Prickly Pear Studio is located just 4 miles west of Highway 12, on pastoral Freedom Road which conveniently leads to many studios on the tour.
The artist is an avid gardener and maintains perennial gardens at her home and studio, which are a source of inspiration. She has many cacti and ancient jade plants in her collection.
Born in western Pennsylvania, the artist lived in Los Angeles, California before moving to Sauk County, Wisconsin. Marlys has produced and promoted the Arts in Baraboo for decades as a working artist and former Art Educator. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and Viterbo University. Additionally, she is fortunate to travel occasionally in the U.S. and abroad visiting art museums, sketching and photographing sights to share and reference.
Visit pricklypearstudio.net to see more art work and to contact the artist.
“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.” - James McNeil Whistler