The Stairway Gallery at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will open an exhibit, “Studies,” with a reception Saturday, Feb. 25 from noon to 2 p.m.

The exhibit, which will run through April 8 will feature works by Mark Devlin.

Devlin started painting seriously at the age of 10, with lessons given by watercolorist Helene (E.H.) Pierce in Amherst N.H., where he grew up.

His mother was an oil painter and a continual artistic influence to this day.

Devlin won first prize in the Amherst Art Show in 1972, cementing a passion for painting.

In college at Columbia University in New York and Paris, his passion for art turned into architecture, where he studied under and worked for Robert A. M. Stern, Rafael Viñoly and James Stewart Polshek.

Devlin has worked in New York City, San Francisco, Paris and Bangkok, coming back to New York City to open his own residential architecture/interiors practice in 1995.

“As a child playing in the woods, I noticed that the light filtering through the tree canopy transformed the forest floor into its own miniaturized landscapes,” Devlin said.

“Playing with light on form and changing scale to create unique environments stimulates my thinking,” he said. “The painting process further transforms the thoughts.”

After moving to Washington in 2002, Devlin began taking classes at the Washington Art Association, studying principally with Patty Keville Fogle the past five years.

Devlin lives, practices and paints in Bethlehem, where he finds extensive views and sharp, clear light his inspiration.

The Wykeham Road library is open Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 860-868-7586.