6.00"W x 6.00"H x 0.1"D

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Mary DeLave


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: modern, abstract, contemporary art, contemporary, nature, intense, whiskers, eyes, animals, portrait, cats

Media: acrylic on hardwood panel

Size: 6"W x 6"H x 0.125"D

Year Created: 2018

I have drawn cats as far back as I can remember. As a child I always wanted to draw animals and still do. They are so present and in the moment. This cat is a study in working with contrasts and complimentary colors. This one will probably be a series.

This painting is highly textured and ready to frame or display on a small photo easel.

I work in layers of color and imagery and let the story unfold as I explore. Throughout the process of creating images I become witness, critic and disbeliever at various points during a painting’s progress. Often a variety of mediums are used to create layers of texture to give physical depth to the multiple layers in my finished paintings.

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 to explore the Mystery and Magic of 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.

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