Artist Mary Fassbinder

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  • FASO Artist Website: https://www.fassbindergallery.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Price Range: $65.00 - $4,000.00
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As a painter, ceramist and lifelong naturalist, I’ve learned that inspiration comes in many different forms. Sometimes it’s an inkling of an idea that grows slowly, until finally manifesting into a vision; other times, inspiration comes in a lightning bolt of an idea — this must be done, no matter how difficult or unreasonable it seems now.

As the tenth of twelve children in my family, the enchantment of the woods and lakes of the midwest is where I found a quiet place to connect with nature and myself.  Moving to California in 1982 I developed an unbreakable bond with Northern California’s epic landscapes. In 1994 on the wings of serendipity while working at a local grocery store, my destiny of becoming a fine arts painter came to light. A complete stranger suggested I was an artist even though I had never picked up a brush. Since then I haven’t looked back and now paint or work on my ceramics daily. 

I set out through every season with my easel and paints in tow to paint in the open air—a practice known as “plein air” painting— Painting en plein air, studio painting and portrait painting constantly grounds and humbles me in my shortcomings as a human and an artist, yet it also awakens a yearning to connect with what I feel we are losing. I strive to create light-infused expressionistic landscapes, which capture Sonoma County’s rustic beauty.  

Over the past several years, this yearning prompted me to embark on an extraordinary project: painting en plein air all 63 of the National Parks in the U.S. and U.S. territory in just under four years. This project, which she started in August 2014 and completed in June 2018, was ambitious and challenging, and there were times I wasn’t sure I could or would complete it. Ultimately, however, [...]

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