Paula Martiesian

Paula Martiesian, photo by Scott Lapham.

Paula Martiesian, photo by Scott Lapham.

“Painting for me is neither a magical channeling of creative forces, nor a juggling act of conceptual ideas. It is, instead, a highly personal experimentation involving elements of color, space, and line balanced with emotional experience. To that end, I have been a student of painting for over forty years.” A native Rhode Islander and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Paula Martiesian also studied extensively with her mentor Gordon Peers, head of the European Honors Program at RISD. She is, and has been, an integral part of Providence’s creative community. She was the editor and co-publisher of Quix Art Quarterly, then a co-founder and board chair of Gallery Night Providence, and remains the curator for the BankRI Galleries. Martiesian has exhibited extensively around Rhode Island and is active as an awardwinning advocate for the arts and artists—both emerging and established.

Source: NetWorks 2013 – 2014 Catalogue

High Tide, 2013 Oil on linen, 36 x 50 in

High Tide, 2013
Oil on linen, 36 x 50 in


Video: Richard Goulis
Kid In The Cage
written by Kenneth Carpenter
arranged by Mark Armstrong and Kenneth Carpenter
performed by The A&C Duo
produced and engineered by Kenneth Carpenter
Gallery Night footage courtesy of Daniel Larsh
Additional Video: Owen Goulis
Still Photography: Erik Gould, Cecily Goulis
Executive Producer: Joseph A. Chazan, M.D.

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About The Author
- Highlighting the work of selected artists who have played vital roles in shaping the contemporary visual arts community in Rhode Island. This collection of brief video portraits provides a window into the lives, practices, and cultural contributions of professional artists.

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