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MARY WALLACE

    



....making art is my passion. I reinvent the world around me with colour and texture....


I have been painting for almost twenty years. In that time I have developed a unique style which can be described as vibrant and contemporary. I find inspiration in ordinary everyday things; like a simple tea bowl, a flower, a hen, a fish... to create precious bowls, moonjars, exotic flowers and fruit, flamboyant hens and cockerels, fish and other figurative creatures.


I like to use unusual art media - egg tempera, beeswax, wax encaustic, pigments, inks, gold - and more conventional medium like acrylics, oils, pastel, charcoal.


My use of beeswax as a medium has now evolved through rigorous trial and error. I have devised a technique which is a fusion of drawing, painting and the batik process to a truly pleasing aesthetic effect. Use of beeswax gives colour a translucent brilliance and lustrous sheen.


Working with gold leaf is a tricky business. It requires patience and practice to place that filigree just as you want it. Sometimes I feel it has a mind of its own as the gentlest breath of air can cause it to flicker and fly away!


The 'sgraffito' technique involves working on emerging images; scratching through numerous layers of paint and revealing colours from below. Threads of colour mingle - it's almost like weaving a tapestry. 


The deckle edge and fabric-like quality of the support I use - Fabriano Artistico - is a significant aspect of my work. The paper, 100% cotton fibre, is frayed deliberately giving the appearance of a fragment. Manipulating the fragments transforms, strengthens and magnifies the image. Torn edges, fragile paper contrast the robust nature of the paint. It is a powerful sensation to 'tear' the painting knowing that it is the right thing to do.


Making art is my passion. I reinvent the world around me with colour and texture. Alteration of scale allows me to present a new landscape inspired by the natural world. A world usually unnoticed by the casual observer. There is so much of the exotic in everyday life. I want to bring that increased awareness and sensual connection associated with a meditative state of mind to ordinary things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            July 2017