abstract art paintings mixed media Mary Ann Wakeley
M A R Y  A N N  W A K E L E Y
mixed media abstract paintings​

Self-taught painter, born in Philadelphia, 1961

I am a mixed media artist. Using color and line, I create atmospheric paintings that convey feeling. I enjoy uniting fragmented forms and marks into a cohesive whole and try to do this in a free way so as not to be overly concerned with adhering to a particular visual style. Any visual consistency naturally occurs from years of alternating between certain combinations of mediums as well as the pitch of resonance I feel while painting. Most often I relax into painting with music that moves me in some way. 

I have been fascinated with color and line since childhood. Spatial relationships intrigue me along with the endless possible effects achieved through the layering of colors and mediums. I use an intuitive approach in my work. I am aware of many forms that emerge while painting--I may choose to leave them as they are or layer over them. The finished work usually surprises me with things I was not aware of while painting. This element of surprise is part of what compels me to paint.

In addition to painting, there are others forms of creativity I enjoy which involve a hands-on approach. These include crocheting with wire, leather and fabric remnants; three dimensional wood assemblages; collaged pieces on a variety of surfaces which may or may not incorporate painting; wire and bead figures; small scale abstract and figurative sculptures in mixed media, earth and/or paper clay; beaded hanging pieces.


image credit Guy Lyman Fine Art, NOLA used with permission

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