artist statement


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

Hello and thank you for viewing my artwork. I hope you learn something more about yourself, and I’d like to share with you a bit more about why I create and the stories behind the works.

I create because I have something I wish to express, and to be honest – I’m trying to discover what that really is for myself. I’ve always been artistic, dabbling in songwriting, dance, acting, and now art, and though I’m relatively proficient in each of the forms, I must say I haven’t quite found the message that I really want to share. So at the moment, my work has been a reflection of my artist journey so far, where I was discouraged from becoming an artist as a child, and how I managed to get back my childhood dream and turn it into reality. The penguins that live in the clouds and fly across the sky are a symbol of of endless possibilities and dreams coming true. Penguins also represent self-mastery and becoming one’s true self. This is what I truly stand for, as I continue to work on my own evolution as a human being and an artist.

One of my favorite artists at the moment is Coplu. I love the emotional expression in his work, and I find many similarities between his subjects and mine. I actually really like surrealism and Dali as well, and though I’m not a surrealist in the traditional sense, my art tends more to a dream-like and conceptual world than a realistic one.

In my artistic process, I like to use different media, simply because each one has its own strengths, and also naturally I tend to like having variety. In my canvas paintings, the backgrounds are in acrylic paint, while the penguins and objects are illustrated on watercolor paper, cut out and glued on to the surface, and varnished over when the work is complete. The collage effect symbolizes that they can belong anywhere, that in a similar fashion, we can also belong anywhere. Of course in the final product they are fixed on the canvas, but in the creating process, what I illustrate for one painting sometimes ends up on another instead. This process allows for versatility in enabling me to find the best means of conveying the story behind the works.

The more I work on my art and honing my techniques, the more I discover that being an artist is more than just making pictures that have a message. Being an artist is a life journey, and it’s something that spills over into all of my existence, and influences the way I view and interact with the world. Ultimately, a journey in art is also a journey of self-discovery, of getting connected to what is real and true and raw inside each one of us, and expressing it into a tangible form.

Love, MaryAnn