You can’t have art with soul until you have an artist that is “all-in”. That is Mary Exline, a most experienced and committed professional who takes tedious care in the production of each of her exceptional paintings. To begin to comprehend her painting content and style, consider her artist statement.
She is an expressionist who responds to the natural landscape with grace and flow. She “jettisoned her reference photos” and painted from the heart.
“I had always wanted to create paintings that represent the land as I respond to it. For instance, when I go for a drive in Rock Creek Park in the fall the streams and trees are so beautiful and alive with vibrant colors. I paint scenes such as these in an expressionistic way that allows me to capture my emotional response to the experience. At this point in my artistic journey I gravitate toward painting trees, woods and forests.
One day I decided to paint landscapes abstractly using color to express my love of nature. At that time I jettisoned my use of reference photos to free my creative muse and now I begin each painting with thin watery layers of acrylic paint over a new canvas. I introduce a variety of colors allowing the paints and water to run down the canvas. Once this initial layer dries, I look at the patterns on the canvas and reflect on what I see. Thus begins my dialogue with my work. I use colors straight from the tube along with complementary and tertiary colors, and grayed colors. I then add more paint and subtract marks and images that have appeared. During this process a design begins to form. I employ straight and diagonal lines for energy and emotion. I also use vertical lines which suggest trees. I use layers of paints and glazing. At times, I will allow the underpainting to show through into the upper layers.
At this point, I develop an emotional response to what I see before me and it all begins to make sense. That is when I bond with the painting because I see a personality developing in the marks and lines I’ve applied.”
When I met her awhile back, she was in the Cyan Studios at Gallery Underground with a painting that was inspired by Windy Run. She didn’t have to tell the name of the painting because being one with nature, I knew that exact spot. She didn’t make a literal representation, but the elements of that unique location were incorporated to produce that feeling of a distinct place and time along the river.
There are few abstract expressionists who can accomplish that, mixing emotional response to produce a sensation about a place and time.
With each of her highly collectable paintings, she provides a personal introduction that begins with the title and a description. Patrons are advised to keep all of that detail together with the paintings as they will add to the long-term value and appreciation.
See the slideshow of Mary Exline in action and with examples of her recent work.
On Saturday, October 4 and Sunday October 5, 2014 between 1 pm. – 5 p.m. will be the 4th Annual Arlington Art Studio Tour. The community is invited to take part in this popular weekend event held in artist studios throughout Arlington County.
“Featured are a self-guided tour of twenty-three art studios showcasing the work of twenty-five local artists. Works include framed and unframed oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings of many styles; ceramics; sculpture; glass; jewelry; and mixed media. This yearly event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the tour and a downloadable map visit: http://www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org/events.html”
Arlington Artists Alliance