Five at Noon by Marshall Noice
Marshall Noice known for his electrified landscapes in oil and pastel is the artist of this piece titled “Five at Noon.” Pastel on paper, signed middle bottom, circa 2012. Image size 15″ wide by 20″ high. Featured in Philadelphia Magazine’s Design Home 2012.
Known for the vibrant colors in his landscape paintings, Marshall Noice combines pastel painting with an expressive color palette and defies the perception that pastel is a more subdued art form than oils and acrylics. He also paints in oils.
For Marshall Noice interpreting landscapes has always been a draw even throughout his twenty-three years as a professional photographer. Though he now enjoys a national following for his vibrantly colored Contemporary Expressionist landscape paintings, it was a photography project that led Noice to change his career.
He spent three months photographing the artifact collection of sculptor and Blackfoot scholar Robert Scriver; shortly afterward he had a photography show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was in Jackson that he encountered works by renowned artist Theodore Waddell. “When I saw these paintings of his, it was one of those ‘ah ha’ moments when the light bulb goes on,” Noice said. He realized he wanted to paint the artifacts he had just photographed using the loose, expressive style he admired in Waddell’s work. “I came back and started painting war shirts and headdresses.”
Largely self-schooled, having taken just a few formal classes, Marshall Noice developed artistically by studying countless art books and thousands of paintings, deconstructing what he responded to most. As a summer workshop assistant to Ansel Adams he had already learned that everybody’s eye goes first to the area of greatest contrast; he then learned about analogous color harmony from noted painter Joe Abbrescia, and took note through all of his studies of composition, use of color and application techniques.
Noice’s studio is located in the back of what was the Silver Dollar Saloon built in 1899. The ceilings are pressed tin which reflect the paintings on the wall.
In the same loose, expressive style in which he’d been painting, Noice uses layer upon layers of brilliantly hued oil paints to capture the scenes that most inspire him. “My paintings are made in response to things I see in the natural world. They capture a place at a particular time. And they capture a moment in my sensibility.”
He finds himself thoroughly immersed in the life of a successful landscape painter. “It’s impossible to resist the urge when the right subject matter comes before me,” he says. “It’s almost a magnetic attraction … Sometimes it’s the color, sometimes the light, sometimes simply the line of a distant ridge.” Living in the west provides an endless source of daily inspiration for Marshall Noice who also easily points out that, “a literal description of landscape is not high on my list of priorities.” It is Noice’s unique sensibility that is captured in the rich emotion of each scene. Trees become blue or yellow as impression inspires; purple shadows or red hills highlight scenes with vibrant fields or rivers that draw viewers in.
In this scene, he uses bright reds to represent the trees and blues and purple to represent both the sky and ground. The vibrant reds and greens will brighten any room. In a neutral frame, the colors pop and present a stimulating palate.
Framed size: 21″ wide x 26″ high