I was recently asked why I paint flowers. I have a black thumb. I am unable to grow anything in my garden except for an occasional weed. After much aggravation, I decided that the only way I was going to enjoy any floral abundance was to paint them. This way I would always have several blooms to come home to instead of the patches of dirt and weeds that now inhabit my garden. I have even envisioned putting my paintings out in the yard and holding a garden party so everyone can see my beautiful flowers! After proliferating my home with my art, I began to get hungry and scrounged around in my refrigerator. Instead of eating what I had found, I discovered the inspiration for my next painting and began to paint fruits and vegetables. Secretly, I hoped that by painting these wonderful things I would not be as tempted to eat them. Unfortunately, I’m sure you can tell that battle wasn’t won. But I sure do enjoy them!
Biography: Mary-Anna Welch is an artist from Beavercreek, Ohio. Upon receiving her BFA and MA from the University of Illinois in Art Education, she shared her love of art in the private and public school systems for over 10 years. After experimenting with several different mediums, she has rediscovered her passion for painting and has settled on watercolor as her main focus. Her work in watercolors has evolved from the very abstract to a more graphic, non-traditional interpretation of her subject. She has incorporated her painting techniques that she used in oil to blend color on the canvas and translated these in her watercolor painting. This results in a blend of traditional colors and images with contemporary styles and forms. When asked about her subject matter, Mary-Anna responds, “I have a black thumb and can not grow anything but weeds. By painting my garden I will always have a rainbow of colors to enjoy no matter what season it is.” Mary-Anna continues to share her love of art by teaching art classes in her studio and at the local art center. You can find her busy painting in her studio or out at gathering ideas in a nearby garden.
Country: United States
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