“Landscape painting is a very playful and active process for me; working with shape, form, light, and texture to achieve a connection with my subject. I’m trying to capture a moment in which all these elements come together to a point of balance and harmony. Each one of my original pastels is done on museum grade sanded pastel paper that I tone with acrylic paint. I use a variety of brands of soft pastel each with different characteristics which I use to accomplish a variety of effects within a piece. The final painting is lightly sprayed with a fine fixative before framing. Each piece depicts an image that is based on my sketches, my photography or done plein air. My painting process is a very active one where my first marks and impressions are usually quiet and deliberate strokes.”
Baggetta has exhibited extensively in the Northwest and has received numerous awards for her landscape painting including Best of Show, Oregon Pastel Society 2003; Best in Show two-dimensional, Art in the Pearl 2000; Arts for the Parks Top 100, 1999; and has been included in numerous regional and national pastel society exhibitions. She was featured in the February 2004 issue of Pastel Journal and she has a book out entitled Pastel Step by Step published by Walter Foster Publishing.
Marla finds teaching rewarding work and says, “Teaching is very satisfying because you have to verbalize all the things you’ve learned to do intuitively. It makes you walk you talk and forces a certain formal basis for what is mostly right brained. I love to see students that are tentative, start to delve in!” She has taught at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Creative Arts Community – Menucha as well as in various workshop settings.