Visual Arts: Painting
In my paintings, I explore textural paint application, expressive color, and strong shape. Rather than beginning a painting with a sketched outline of the subject, I begin by massing in color, working from large shapes down to smaller details.
I paint in oils using a split primary palette – warm and cool versions of red, blue, and yellow. Other hues join my palette, depending on the mood or light I’m seeking to express. At times, my knife boldly strikes the canvas, building up and scraping back paint. Other times, a slow and delicate touch is needed to create the desired effect.
I work alla prima, finishing a painting in one sitting. This creates freshness and energy in my paintings. When working en plein air (outdoors), the alla prima method allows me to capture a specific quality of light before it changes. I am inspired by seasons, weather, water, and light. I choose subjects that grab me. When painting outdoors, I will roam around for a bit, searching for the subject that stops me in my tracks. When I can’t paint a subject from life, I take a photograph to use as inspiration in the studio. Landscapes, figures, and architecture are all represented in my body of work.
Maggie Capettini’s inspiration for painting takes root in her affinity for natural environments. As a child, she spent summer days in far northern Wisconsin with not much to do but enjoy the pristine surroundings: virgin pines, fresh lake water, and beautiful sunsets. Inspecting bugs, creating a “museum” of treasures found, and listening to loon calls kept her busy for hours on end.
Today, Capettini paints frequently outdoors, still observing and enjoying the world around her as she uses oils to interpret her surroundings. “To paint on location is to be so fully immersed in your subject as to become a part of it. The colors are brighter and more varied, the shadows more interesting, the weather and season palpable. In your stillness and quiet observation, you are aware of so much more than you would otherwise be, either passing through a landscape or painting in the studio,” says Capettini. Using painting knives on panel, she applies and removes paint, creating a textured surface revealing layers of color. Many of her works are inspired by the beautiful forests and prairies of northern Illinois, as well as local history. Capettini also takes her painting kit along on family road trips, resulting in plein air paintings from places like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Maine. She recently began dabbling in water media, painting a series of gouache paintings from inside the car while traveling across the country.
Born, raised, and currently residing in the Chicagoland area, Capettini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She has studied at Palette and Chisel in Chicago. Caoettini has won awards for her paintings, and her works are held in museum collections in Warrenville and West Chicago, Illinois.
2017 Inspired: Paintings from the Albright Residency, Warrenville Historical Museum and Art Gallery
2016 West Chicago / Meeting Place, Gallery 200, West Chicago
2015 Hadley Valley: A Year in Seasons, Forest Preserve District of Will County
2018 out side in, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook
2017-2018 Plein Air 17 – The Results Show, Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery
2017-2018 41st Annual Art Competition and Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center
2017-2018 Paint the Town, Northbrook
2017 All That Glitters, La Grange Art League Gallery
2017 Prairie Plein Air, Schaumburg
2017 Great Awakening, La Grange Art League Gallery
2017 Roll On, Deep Ocean, La Grange Art League Gallery
2016 Life in the Heartland, La Grange Art League Gallery
Warrenville Historical Museum and Art Gallery
West Chicago City Museum
Private Collections in the United States, Europe, and Canada
2018 Best of Show, Charles Vickery Award for Reeds and Reflections
2017 Honorable Mention, La Grange Art League Gallery for Hydrangea Walk
2017 Second Place, La Grange Art League Gallery for Salt Creek Morning
2017 Second Place, La Grange Art League Gallery for Water Lilies IV
2017 Honorable Mention, La Grange Art League Gallery for Night Settles In
2016 Third Place, La Grange Art League Gallery for The Way to the Cave
2018 unLOCK: Merging Art and Industry in Downtown Lockport, The Gaylord Building
2016-17 Albright-Inspired Artist-in-Residence, Warrenville Historical Museum and Art Gallery
2015 Illinois Arts Council Agency Individual Artist Support, Artist Project
2013 Illinois Arts Council Agency Individual Artist Support, Professional Development
American Impressionist Society
Elmhurst Artists’ Guild
La Grange Art League
Nature Artists’ Guild of the Morton Arboretum