For The Love of Form
MARY MULLER FINE ART
A New Art Exhibition by Mary Muller. New paintings of Landscapes and Portraits will be on display in the beautiful setting of the Heritage Gallery.
March 18, 2019 - April 26, 2019
thursday april 4, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pM
Mary Muller is a Des Moines artist who paints portraits and landscapes. Her paintings hang in Drake University Law School and Iowa State University, as well as in countless business and private collection nationally. Her credentials include Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, and Signature Member of the Portrait Society of America, Iowa Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society. hse is a former instructor at the Des Moines Art Center and regularly teaches in her studio, her focus is representational art, and the way light hits form.
For over one hundred years, the world has been reeling with changes; with psychological, progressive, dreadful and catastrophic changes. I sense a need for a stabilizing influence or balance from which, no doubt, will grow new directions for the artist. I do not fell that ugliness, despair or shock are necessary criteria for art, although they seem a lot for excitement in the world of those who determine what art is.
Nature, architecture and the human face all present aspect of balance to me - the familiar perhaps - but still very exciting. This is what I know best. New observations enlarge the proposition of the sky to the earth. They also squeeze it at the top of the composition to give the terrain a turn with its natural perspective journeying from the front to the back of the painting. A change of the medium and subject matter was simulating even, necessary for me. Landscape provides a welcome change from portrait work. The human likeliness, the most difficult subject matter to capture, is nothing without a feeling of a character of the model and the artist ‘s love for people. I personally want my subjects to breathe from the canvas. I want their presence to be felt.
My discovery of late involves the merit of a bright, warm ground beneath the pastel chalks and oils. This causes a challenge to the relationships of color. I create problems and my vision finds its expression through their solution. I am constantly finding new ways of looking at the subject and perceiving thing i have never noticed before. I fell the artist helps others to see differently. I hope this is a result of my work because I have been given so many incredible views.
About Mary Muller
Mary Muller was born in Illinois, the 2nd of 4 children. She graduated from Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in a class of 24. Majoring in Studio Art, Muller graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.
After her marriage to Bill Muller of Des Moines, she began to pursue her art when their youngest of 5 children entered school. While studying with Dimitar Krustev in Des Moines she began teaching art to help augment the family income. This in turn became a career coupled with her painting. Drawing about 1000 portraits in art festivals and fairs, studying with Robert Brackman in Connecticut, teaching watercolor at the Des Moines Art Center, being represented by several art galleries, and travelling in Mexico and Europe on painting trips has given her a full life and wonderful experiences. Portrait commissions have become her major painting activity, while she struggles to work in as much landscape as possible. Teaching workshops in Iowa and other states, and entering local and national art competitions has allowed her to earn some awards and success in and beyond Iowa. Her volunteer efforts have centered around the teaching and development of art to inmates at the Mitchellville prison.
The application of lighted abstract forms to nature, and arranging them in balanced design has been the base from which I work - in any medium. The power of color becomes increasingly apparent to me, because it is so influenced by the changes occurring in the atmosphere around it. I am in love with form, and am especially drawn to pastel and oil because their opacity is perfect for esablishing form. (I have found watercolor more of a medium of suggestion, and have not used it for some time, although the challenge of its transparency is very exciting.) Portraits are a perfect vehicle for form, and I especially enjoy drawing out the inner sensitivity of the subject.
Because teaching takes up so much of my time I have not yet painted enough to tire of my exploration of the effect of painting on a red background, which has been a chief interest of mine since the year 2000. I have a series in mind of some large florals, in some of which I will be studying this effect. Who knows? I rarely plan the future. It has a way of opening up for me. It sort of unfolds.
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