Studio Visit

Edited by Paula Fava

In this new regular feature we’ll visit the studios of some of our members, getting to see spaces as diverse as the artists and the works they create. With David A. Clark’s new studio we see a polished space in a commercial art district that can function as studio, workshop and gallery. Marilyn Banner’s clean white studio can operate much the same and is only a winding walkway from her own back door. Just as close to home, Cheryl McClure works from inside her garage studio, drawing inspiration from the expansive views that surround her. Beverly Rippel’s outdoor studio was selected for its fresh sea-air appeal and fond ties to the creative stirrings in her childhood.

David A. Clark
David A Clark studio, Palm Springs, California, with the artist at the press in the background. Photo: Lance Gerber

David A. Clark studio, Palm Springs, California. Photo: Lance Gerber

A clean, well-lighted space: “I have a 1200-square-foot studio in the Back Street Art District in Palm Springs. I’ve been in this studio since March 2016, and it has already transformed the way I work. The abundant light and amount of space has allowed me to work larger scale. The expansive white walls allow me to hang work, really stand back and contemplate the images on which I am working. I jump for joy each day when I walk in the door and turn on the lights.”

Marilyn Banner

     Marilyn Banner Studio, Takoma Park, Maryland
Below: A meandering path leads from home to studio


Skylights and privacy: “This is my backyard studio, completed late in 2014, with a curving “magic path” that leads to and from my house. I asked the architect and builder for the largest structure possible, legally. The space is about 350 square feet. Highlights for me are the skylights, high windows with a view of trees, overhead fans, and 11-foot walls (up to 18 feet at the ceiling pinnacle). The walls have an extra layer of one-half-inch plywood so nails do not wiggle out. I have a storage area and enough privacy for my old boom box to play loud music.”

Cheryl McClure 

Cheryl McClure studio, Overton, Texas Below: A view of the hayfield on her ranch

Cheryl McClure studio, Overton, Texas
Below: A view of the hayfield on her ranch


Room with a view: “This is the room in my garage-apartment studio, next door to my house in Overton, Texas, which I use for encaustic painting. I have three rooms in the studio, which is about 850 square feet. The kitchen is the room I use for encaustic. It’s not pretty, but it is functional and has served me since 2008 when I moved to the ranch. The landscape here is what I see from the back door. I am inspired daily by what I see around me.”

Beverly Rippel 

Beverly Rippel summer studio, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Beverly Rippel summer studio, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Al fresco inspiration: “This is my Studio-By-The-Sea, a sanctuary I have been coming to since I was five years old, located in Lanesville/Gloucester on Cape Ann in Massachusetts. Though I have two other formal studios (one in an old Boot Factory by the Stoughton Train Station, and one in the Boston Arts District), I get to set up and work here for one week each summer. Here, nature’s elements–the mist, the sounds and smells of the ocean, the incoming and outgoing tides–all get mixed up in the orchestration of the paint.”

One thought on “Studio Visit

  1. Elizabeth Harris says:

    It’s intriguing to see how different everyone’s spaces are, all good in their own ways. I love it that David Clark says he jumps for joy every day when he enters his studio- so happy for him- that’s how we all should be. And seeing Beverly’s outdoor studio this morning, while I’m actually in Gloucester, is fun. I also came here in childhood, and with my mother who was an artist, so it inspires me as well.

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