The wildlife paintings of Monroe artist Marcia Fitzgibbons will be on display at the Easton Public Library through Sept. 24, and she will host two talks about her travels and work in Africa on Sept. 8 and 15 at 5 p.m. in the community room.
A Monroe resident, Fitzgibbons began her artistic pursuits seven years ago. Her landscapes, seascapes, and animals reflect her travels and special love of the Northeast and Africa. She was trained in art at Gateway and Housatonic Community Colleges. There, she started drawing, painting, sculpting, and working with pastels, but painting became her true calling. She has shown her work in Bridgeport, Monroe, and Easton.
Fitzgibbons’ paintings depict animals from the Masai Mara, the Great Plains, Alaska and Connecticut. She also paints sea and landscapes. Her process is straightforward: she photographs her subjects and returns to her studio to interpret them in pastels and paint.
The artist’s two scheduled talks will focus on her visit Kenya and Tanzania for 16 days on a photo safari. Starting in Nairobi at the giraffe center, then to the Amboseli National Park and the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, teeming with herds of elephants, wildebeest, zebra, impala, giraffe and gazelles. In Tanzania, Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley revealed tree-climbing lions, hippos and birdlife. At Ngorongoro Crater, Fitzgibbons and her group saw elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinos, lions and leopards. At the Serengeti /Masai Mara /Great Rift Valley they were up close and personal with lions, cheetah, hundreds of thousands of zebras and millions of wildebeest grazing and running in stampedes. The rangers executed controlled burns to enable the little Thompson Gazelles to feed on low grass. A balloon ride over the Serengeti provided a different perspective.