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Student Perspectives: Charity Baker MFA 2019

My work is partly autobiographical. I am captivated by human interaction, intimacy and landscape. Responding to real-world people and places, my paintings unfold from a winding, obsessive autobiographical narrative; influenced by a cosmist philosophy in which figures and landscapes are transformative. My curiosity with natural light is used to elaborate this running narrative of people in the landscape. This focus on the transient nature of light, human spirit and physical space generates my language with paint.

I found the New York Studio School by taking Graham Nickson’s Drawing Marathon one summer. During those two weeks, I took part in an authentically passionate and powerful dedication to drawing that I had not yet experienced. Before starting the MFA Program my background was in architecture, and up to that point I was a self-taught painter. The school has been instrumental in my growth as a painter over the past three years helping me to develop both a critical foundation for drawing and painting and a unique language.  During my time as a student at the Studio School, I strengthened my intuition and instincts in the studio and expanded my wonderment for art history. With all of this, I have been able to create work beyond what I thought possible.

The New York Studio School provides both incredible direction and freedom for artists. Through a combination of Drawing Marathons, the Evening Lecture Series, an immersive studio practice, and working with incredible teachers who are practicing artists, I learned that the only secret to painting– is painting.  The magic is in the supportive and generous community. The school made my education possible with ongoing support from scholarships, residencies, grants, job opportunities, and also with intangible experiences more valuable than money. The New York Studio School is a very special place that is built on authenticity and the true love of art.

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