Size: 6"W x 6"H x 0.125"D
Year Created: 2016
I like to paint animals. They were the first things I tried to draw. I wanted to be a Vet once upon a time. This week I was appreciating our kitty and decided I wanted to paint more kitties so I sat down and started to paint 3 different cat heads. This is the firs one that was finished. Somehow the red necklace appeared! It looked jewel like on a regal cat - thus the title. This panting was started with a plaster like medium that I etched and carved into while it was still wet. After it was dry I added multiple layers of paint to build more depth.
My paintings draw on the rich traditions of Surrealism and Expressionism with elements of Cubism. These styles use transmutation, exaggeration and fantasy to express feelings, dreams and unconscious thoughts. It is our nature to be multidimensional, so I like to depict multiple views in my work.
I like it when people are inspired by the Mystery and Magic in life through the images I create.
My name is Mary DeLave. Welcome to my Vango Art site I have been mesmerized by creating images as long as I can remember. I drew and doodled on just about any empty piece of paper, but when I was given my first sketch book at about the age of 9 it helped me to focus my art. Many of my painting ideas come from sketchbooks that I have filled with drawings, dreams and scenes from everyday life including ones that were done many years ago. I majored in Architecture at Washington University in St Louis Missouri and had a wonderful time exploring creative concepts in the Architecture program and also took classes in fine art. After graduating I decided a career in Architecture was a bit too structured to continue my particular brand of creative explorations. I focused on developing my style and exploring various mediums after graduating while working at various part time jobs. As I developed my style I started to sell my creations and gradually became a full time artist. I currently reside in the San Francisco Bay area in California.