MIXED MEDIA ABSTRACT ART BY MARY ANN WAKELEY
"I am an artist who paints in mixed media, sculpts with clay, and creates three dimensional assemblages. The focus of the painted work is primarily abstract whereby color, line and texture are the tools used to explore my inner landscape. I consider all of my work to be intuitively expressed and feeling based rather than conceptually oriented. The exception to this would be creating something functional with clay where the object begins with a specific idea.
I am greatly influenced and inspired by the seasons, nature and music. The number of artists whose work I have admired and felt a connection with over the years are numerous but they include Joan Mitchell, Howard Hodgkin, Louise Nevelson, Elizabeth Peyton, Louise Bourgeois and Hans Hoffman.
Although I do not focus on a goal, what I do hope to achieve--regardless of the mediums or stylistic approach--is a visual sense of balance and soulful harmony overall; an artwork which resonates with the feelings that initiated it and expresses something very individual within and about me."