Mary Ann Neilson [NRA 2018]

First name:   Maryn ;
Middle name:
  Ann ;
Last name:
   Neilson ;

Member: Non-resident artist member ;
2018 ;


I have a strong case of “wanderlust”. I have painted on location from Canada to Cuba and Britain to Greece. During each painting trip, I generally stay in one city or village at a time long enough to forego a map.
Working on location is by no means as comfortable or
familiar as in the studio… and that is its pleasure. The sounds of rapid unknown languages and new smells in the air leaves me
more responsive and aware of my subject and the surroundings. I employ only the simplest
of techniques to work on conveying a “sense of place”. Twelve colors in a folding box, allows the most freedom to become immersed in the subject.
I am constantly exploring, stretching its limits and breaking down watercolor conventions to shape a chosen subject. Watercolor is not a mistress but a collaborator in my artistic journey. Discovering other mediums can be invigorating, however, I often feel as though I am cheating on a life partner.
Although I am always feeding a need to paint, my satisfaction comes when my work speaks to individuals, bringing joy and reviving memories.




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December 23, 2019

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