Walking into Mary Exline’s “Cyan Studio” in Crystal City Underground is like walking into my favorite forest along the Potomac River. I saw a painting that looked so familiar that I said to Mary, “I know that place, it is Windy Run.” Sure enough, it was.
She provides a poetic description.
“In my paintings, I seek wild. hidden places not trodden by many feet. I seek places of solitude where light shines through trees and leafy boughs, where the wetlands and forests are warmed by the sun casting long shadows on the earth. I search for elements of abstraction within paintings that remain representational. I enjoy the interplay of abstracted forms with natural elements, such as trees and blades of grass. My color choice reflects this search as I avoid local or natural color and seek colors that are more a form of self-expression. Heavy layers of paint and tinted glaze connote movement and the spirit of spontaneity in my paintings. I strive to take the viewer beyond the subject depicted and elicit a more emotional and visceral response to the elements of shape, form, texture, value, and color.”
Perhaps the only other footprints that you will find, Mary, are my own as I love those places too. I dropped a brush out there and maybe you will find it.
Painting impressions from nature can be a literal interpretation. However, Mary Exline goes beyond the literal and what you see is the result from inner feeling and expression. It is moody work in that it connotes an emotion as the artists says.
See the slideshow to know what she means as it is the work that speaks.
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