Artist of the Month-
From the moment I put paint or paper to canvas, I never know where I'm going until
I get there.
I express my artistic vision through abstract mixed-media landscapes. I am intrigued and inspired by the natural environment. My intent is to provide the viewer a sense of the symbiotic relationship between the primeval elements - stone, soil, water and sky - and the lifeforms these elements nurture.
With the majority of my work, color and texture are applied in layers, using a combination of paper, acrylic paint, sculpting paste and an occasional found object. To add additional depth and texture, portions of some layers are literally scrubbed off with water before the paint, glue or sculpting paste has completely set. Some of these scrubbed portions are left “raw”, while others are repainted and/or papered over. Once the piece is complete, I apply a combination of glossy and matte medium for both color enhancement and protection.
Selected pieces of my work can be seen in my studio at 311 West Martin Street Gallery, No. 2, Raleigh, NC 27601 and at the Village Gallery in Oriental, NC 28571.
All of my work can be viewed on my website at www.marystorms.com.