"There’s a thrill in seeing an image come alive on paper. Painting is both meditative and highly energizing. It teaches me to look at the world in fresh ways, to see colors, shapes, shadows and patterns: what a lesson in being fully present and aware. I feel exuberant as a painting emerges on formerly blank paper. The more I paint, the more I want to paint. When a piece is finished, I almost hate to say goodbye to it.
Not every beginning leads to a successful ending (I wish). However, what keeps me motivated is that each piece brings insight and learnings. I sometimes do the same painting more than once. Whatever I'm painting, my goal is to capture a memory or depict the people and places that I hold dear.
I enjoy exploring varied techniques. Sometimes I want the sureness of photo realism. At other times I don't want the predictable and follow the lead of what paints do on their own. I experiment on Yupo, with wax and batik on Ginwashi rice paper, on Ampersand Aquabord, and on Masa paper.
There is much to learn from the experience and support of other artists. I paint weekly with two groups of wonderful local painters, and their encouragement and input are invaluable. They are as important to me as my paints and brushes. In addition, I seek contests and juried exhibits to challenge and expand my skills. I’ve been fortunate to have had several pieces juried into both regional and state exhibitions." -MaryAnn Dunn
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