Hard work and commitment have paid off for State College area artist Marisa Eichman. Two and a half years after her first experience with oil painting, she has won awards at four Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania shows.
Eichman’s first solo exhibit, “The World Is a Myth,” opened Nov. 6 at the State Theatre. Her evocative, realistic portraits are painted using Old Masters techniques. Each painting tells a story.
Until the spring of 2013, Eichman dabbled in art as a hobby, and worked in a variety of media, including watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal and graphite. Mostly self-taught, she also took some classes offered by local artists.
“I’ve always been interested in art,” Eichman said. “I realized that if I wanted to get good at it, I needed to narrow down my focus. I chose oil painting, but didn’t know if it would capture my interest.”