Making art is just another way of exploring life. When I am working on a piece, I live more in the present moment and experience more happiness in the day. Finding the right shapes, colors and images all takes time - and often many, many layers. The layers are like the experience of life - seemingly imperfect and without connection at first - but leading eventually to beauty and meaning.
I love the process of painting. I love to think about what I am going to paint: planning the colors and the shapes and the mood. I love the beginning when I am unsure where the painting will go. I love the struggle that happens in the middle when parts of the painting are working and parts aren’t and I am not sure which is which. I love when my painting is complete and tells the story I want to tell and nudges the viewer to feel what I feel. I love how big a canvas becomes after I paint it. I am inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the human figure.
The focus of Mai Mai's art is exuberance, to lift one's spirits with expressions of hope and beauty through the connection between humanity and the universe. She is a colorist who enjoys playing with the juxtaposition of patterns and shapes. The inspiration for her landscape paintings comes from nature and travel to her favorite places - Provence, Acadia, the Caribbean and Cape Cod. Her still life paintings accentuate brilliant colors and forms. She is very happy to pursue her love of art as a resident artist at Fountain Street Studios in Framingham, MA. Mai Mai has worked with acclaimed artist, Margaret Gerding.
At my core I am an artist. I love the creative process. I have a heart for animals the earth and the people that love them.
After many years as a working photographer, I have returned to painting. Discovering in photos the inspiration to explore the landscape in a more conceptual way. Through the use of light, color and movement, I am interested in abstracting familiar shapes while holding onto the recognition of form within the landscape. Using brush, knife and rag to layer, scrape, scratch and smooth a surface to express my response to standing in the wild. Capturing those ethereal moments when the wilderness we experience outside can move to a place deep within us.
Art has always been a part of my life and as I have gotten older my art has a more prominent place. Each teacher and each piece teaches me something new about process and technique. Today I am interested in the figure and more recently landscapes. I wonder where my art will take me next?