Herman Maril is an artist who came to my attention recently. The Walters Art Museum here in Baltimore did a show of his work titled, "Herman Maril: An American Modernist". Since I work at the Walters, I had many occasions to see the show, and even teach it and help pass out evaluation forms to visitors. I was surprised I had not heard of Maril's work before. Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended MICA and taught at the University of Maryland. He also spent summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and his work is influenced by those two places. His paintings are simplified down to color and shape, two elements that Maril considered extremely important. In an interview by Carl Schoettler for the Evening Sun in 1983, Maril said, "My preoccupation in painting has always been space...Huge open areas of space. I like to think of the concept of space. I like to deal with big open spaces. And color. Color and space is painting."