Maro Lorimer’s art invites the viewer to pause and reflect on a vast and mysterious natural world. Focusing on the horizon to create sensations of infinite space and time, she leaves aspects of her paintings undefined, to indicate how much we still do not understand about the environment in which we live. Her familiarity with natural places comes from her nightly walks along the Gulf, from windsurfing and sailing in dramatic locations around the world, and from years of snowshoeing and mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains.
Growing up in the waterfront village of Bellport, New York, Maro spent her happiest hours sailing her small sailboat across the bay to pristine barrier islands. Her father, an artist, as well as a physicist, influenced her to start painting at an early age. After graduating with honors from Brown University, she lived many years in Vail, Colorado. Her work was exhibited and sold in Central City and Denver, and she was juried into the Colorado Watercolor Society. When she moved to Holmes Beach, in 1999, her focus turned to mixed media and acrylics.
The first thing to captivate her in this area was the natural beauty of the foot paths that lead to the beach on Anna Maria Island. Her series of mixed-media beach path paintings was first presented in 2010 by Rhea Chiles at the Studio at Gulf and Pine. Since then, Maro’s perspective has moved from the path, to the high beach, to water’s edge, into the water and back to shore. Her serene seascapes have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibits along the Gulf Coast and are in a growing number of collections throughout the United States.