Marjorie Osborne Whorf

"Although trained in the New York school of expressionism, my strongest influence was in the theories of Charles Hawthorne, founder of the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, MA. His work was carried on by my teacher, Henry Hensche, an exceptional exponent of color and luminosity.
My object has been to delve deeper, always, in an attempt to depict that moment at the seashore, that sunny day, the flora & fauna of a place, the figure that becomes part of the mood, hoping to develop my personal perception and style that will speak to the viewer of my work.
Whether the artist records a view of the social condition of a time and place or the timeless color and light of a day gone quickly as the sun passes, the moment to the artist is ever fascinating. To start out with easel and paints is always a trip with amazing discoveries."

Marjorie Osborne Whorf has a notable background in painting and the arts, beginning her studies drawing from the model at the Mass College of Art while a high school student in Boston . After graduating from the Vesper George School of Art, she continued her studies at the Art Students League with prominent artists of the time: painting with Edwin Dickinson, drawing with Reginald Marsh, illustration with Frank Reilly and sculpture with John Hovannes. While in New York , Ms. Whorf was also a private student with the noted expressionist, Jack Levine.
Ms. Whorf found, however, the direction which most appealed to her in the color theory and exquisite work of Henry Hensche, the director and founder of the Cape School of Art in Provincetown. Mr. Hensche was the direct artist descendent and heir apparent of Charles Hawthorne, the eminent early 20th century artist who was the teacher of many important American painters. With one or two exceptions, the line from Hawthorne is the only school of painting that can properly be called American Impressionism: the light and form of nature by color, and color alone.
Ms. Whorf, who is also a member of the Copley Society of Boston, the Plein Air Society of New England, the Provincetown Art Association, the Fuller Museum of Brockton, the North River Arts Society of Marshfield, and the Duxbury Art Complex, has exhibited at the Boston Arts Festival, the Gramercy Arts Club of New York, Shore Studio of Boston, the Provincetown Art Association, the Fuller Museum, the Duxbury Art Complex, Falmouth Art Association, the Ogunquit (Maine) Art Association, the James Library in Norwell and the Ventress Library in Marshfield.
In addition to her fine arts career, Ms. Whorf has had a successful career as a fashion and accessories illustrator working, over the years, for many of the major department stores. She is also an accomplished decorative artist, particularly fond of the colorful and charming folk art style of the late Peter Hunt (see images at the bottom of this site). Ms. Whorf's decorative works as well as her paintings and pen and ink drawings are in many private collections nationwide.

Ms. Whorf and Tatiana Yanovskaya had a show together at our Gallery on March 10, 2006; please view the show 'here'.

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"Looking Across to Crow Point"
oil, 11"x14"


"North Street to the Harbor"
oil, 11"x14"


"Burditt and Otis Street"
oil, 11"x14"



"A Flag Waves at Gunrock Beach, Hull"
oil, 11"x14"


"Red White & Blue on North St"
oil, 12"x16"



examples of items painted in Peter Hunt style by Marjorie Whorf: