Artist Mary Ann Warner

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 I graduated from Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA in 1988 with the "Outstanding Graduating Student" award from the Art Department. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Studio Arts, a concentration in Illustration and Graphics and a minor in Technology and Photography plus a special interest in Book Arts. While at WWU I studied the Japanese culture, language and arts, all of which have had a great influence on my life and art to this day.After graduating I worked as a freelance graphic designer/artist, illustrator and book artist. It was not until I moved to Taos, NM in 1998 that I began painting plein air landscapes. I am inspired by the Northern New Mexico landscape, spirituality and ethnic diversity. I am also a storyteller, visionary artist and book artist, but am best known for my expressionist plein air landscapes. I paint a more abstract rendition of what I see favoring a high desert palette and sometimes vivid color. Although the more I paint in different weather and seasons my colors are changing to reflect these differences. I am drawn to form, pattern relationship and color as well as luminosity. I have studied many mediums which influence the choices I make as I paint today. My first discipline, Calligraphy, instilled in me the importance of expressive movement in brush strokes. Japanese Sumi-e introduced me to luminosity and the ability for painting to have a depth beyond that of perspective. Monotype printing and clay taught me to work in the negative to reveal the positive. Studying illustration taught me there is more than one way to express what I see. Photography has given me a fine [...]

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