Having reviewed Mary Phelan’s work several times, and for those who know her painting you might think of “ribbons and flowers”. She often interprets the world in the form of ribbons. That is exceptionally unique. Her mastery of watercolor techniques also set her paintings apart as they are crisp, unencumbered and clean representations.
She has a jovial personality and sense of humor that is also reflected in her paintings.
“I work in watercolor because it moves, it flows. The serendipitous mixing of colors on paper can bring happy surprises. I work for bold colors and rich textures, using a variety of papers and pigments.
My garden, the seaside and my travels are my usual themes. While my work is representational, it is also conceptual. Eroded architectural structures and sculpture are romantic and dramatic – perfect subjects for experimenting with color and texture. Broken shells are a favorite subject for their frailty and endlessly interesting contours. I try to expose something unanticipated in my approach to each subject.
- Potomac Valley Watercolorists
- Arlington Artists Alliance
- The Art League”
“Unanticipated” are the ribbons. Who would have ever thought? Having researched it, sure there are some artists who have messed with ribbons, but none has the approach and mastery of Mary Phelan. It isn’t that large of a leap to applying her skill to painting a hibiscus, for instance. Then again, jump to capturing the feeling of a starfish in the deep sea. With a little encouragement, it would be interesting to see how Mary consumes the world and all of its subjects and puts them back again in a happier place and order.
Her studio is at: 4851 Maury Lane, Alexandria, VA
As with most artists on open studio day, walk-ins are welcome.
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 www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org”
Arlington Artists Alliance