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Mary Padgett - painter


Artist Statement

I’ve been working on two series of square-format paintings, one using flowers as a subject and the other with apples and oranges.They are explorations into concept, composition, abstraction versus realism, and color experience. My aim isn’t to focus on the flowers and glass vase or fruit per se but rather to use their characteristics to suggest possibilities for handling color, line and shape. My focus is on the process of painting. Within it are the magical moments, the challenges and pleasure of being an artist.

Pastel is an ideal medium to capture the unique textures, shapes, and colors of my subjects. Pastel can be a line, contributing calligraphic and gestural quality to form, or it can be a tonal passage of color. Strokes can be thick or thin; passages of color can be narrow or broad with blended or precise contours. It can be applied in a myriad of ways. My intent is to use this language of line and color to communicate qualities of my subject while maintaining the unique integrity of the medium.

Pastel is a portable medium allowing me to continue in the tradition of artists working directly from a subject. I’ve been able to work en plein air these past few months, in Spain earlier this summer and currently in Central New York. Working outdoors in the landscape is my most satisfying experience. It is profound to be able to focus on a subject for an extended period, looking but also using all my other senses. My response to the place becomes personal and intuitive, the resulting landscape a record of this activity.

You can see more of Mary's work by visiting her website www.marypadgett.com.


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