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NOTL artist Marilyn Cochrane opens solo exhibit at Pumphouse

When artist Marilyn Cochrane creates landscapes, she doesn’t stop at just putting paint to canvas.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake artist celebrates the natural world in a more encompassing way by introducing elements and fragments pulled from the Earth itself.

“The natural world presents great and beautiful complexities, and I am attempting to honour this by going further than traditional painting,” the St. Davids resident says.

Those complexities are showcased in her solo exhibit Landscape Reflections at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre’s Joyner Gallery now through June 26.

Visitors can meet the artist during a reception at the gallery on Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibit includes 13 paintings of various sizes, six tabletop sculptures and three wall-mounted mixed media pieces that Cochrane calls Wall Jewels.

“I aim to welcome the viewer into a world of beauty, peace and meditation, expressed by the dreamlike landscape paintings and the ancient, glittering crystals and minerals,” she says.

Cochrane’s Wall Jewels combine painting, mixed media sculpture, minerals and crystals that become abstracted, sparkling jewelry-like ornaments for the wall.

Her paintings display a similar richness, as she uses layer after layer of colour glazes to show off and reflect, literally and emotionally, the natural landscape in all its splendour.

She goes a step further still by incorporating a layer of holographic foil that sparkles behind the paint.

“The added depth and light-reflecting qualities allude to a hidden realm beyond the seen,” she says.

Cochrane also incorporates miniature paintings, crystals and stones in the tabletop sculptures she calls Echo Cairns.

“Together these new pieces celebrate the land and reflect its great complexities and mysteries,” she says.