Anyone who loves that first glimpse of the water on the way to a favorite Gulf beach will want to see Maro Lorimer’s new paintings at Art Uptown in March. Her show, Into the Water, runs from February 25 through March 24. The public is invited to meet the artist on March 10, from 6 to 9 pm, at the gallery, located at 1367 Main St., Sarasota.
Since moving to Anna Maria Island in 1999, Lorimer has been captivated by the natural paths leading to beaches in this part of Florida. “One moment you’re surrounded by dense vegetation; the next, you emerge to see wide open vistas of sand, water and sky. That exciting transition—the sudden arrival into a vast world that feels different every time you experience it—is what I try to capture in my paintings of paths,” she says.
Lorimer’s first beach path paintings were small collages, presented in 2010 by former first lady of Florida Rhea Chiles at her gallery, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, in Anna Maria. Since then, the artist’s work has become larger and her viewpoint has moved from the path to the high beach, to water’s edge, into the water and back to shore. “Now I have revisited the paths, and the high beach, painting them larger,” she says, “so I can present the entire series of views I love, as a whole experience. In these paintings, I am thinking about what beachgoers, surfers and boaters have viewed for centuries.”
Maro Lorimer spent her happiest childhood days sailing on the Great South Bay of eastern Long Island. After graduating from Brown University, she lived in Vail, Colorado, for 28 years. She was a member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, showing and selling her work at exhibits in Central City and Denver.
Meanwhile, her “day job” was freelance creative work, which included producing and hosting a long-running nightly classical music program on Vail’s first radio station. Later, she was an album rock DJ and music director for Vail’s second station. Over the years, her daily public affairs interview programs won many awards. She wrote for several Colorado magazines, served as managing editor of New Vail magazine and wrote scripts for a nationally aired winter sports TV series.
Upon moving to Florida, Lorimer’s focus turned more to exhibiting and selling her paintings, but some of her Colorado freelance work followed her here. She was asked occasionally to interview and write feature stories about internationally known performing artists, such a New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel, for Vail-Beaver Creek magazine.
“An interesting freelance life is a great foundation for painting,” Lorimer comments. “My years of exposure to stimulating people, ideas, places and music has inspired my art, because I paint entirely from my memories and my imagination.”