Mary in her own words,
For most of my life, I have worked with language. I am a doctor of words. A word artist.
But then a revelation. Something like what the Georgia O’Keeffe says:
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”*
Turns out I had been a visual artist all my life, in secret. I burst out of that particular closet and began to. Sometimes I take classes, but mostly I work outside any formal setting. I began in abstraction. I have taken what I can from my instructors and continue to learn just how I want to render the natural. And hovering, humming, making what and where I feel the deepest connection, for now: in symbol, icon, spirit, devotion.
I want art–and the tools of art–to be accessible for anyone who wants it. For now, this manifests in a simple mission: use basic design principles and my intuitive feeling for color in making one-of-a-kind works of art and making those pieces affordable.
I do this by:
- recycling my own unfinished or partial paintings;
- upcycling used frames;
- finding affordable and tasteful ready-made frames;
- using collage techniques to create new designs from old work;
- cropping my paintings to fit frames, rather than the other way around.
If you have a chance, take a look at Mary’s website. www.bricolage401.com