I met Mary McCleary years back at a conference when I got to see a broad swath of her work at an exhibition she was having in Dallas. I immediately became a fan. It’s also a delight to meet an artist who is as kind and as approachable as her work as McCleary was.
Speaking about her today in one of my classes I thought I’d share her work with you here if you haven’t seen it. She is a meticulous narrative painter at heart with a wonderful sense of depth, insight, and irony in her work. Technically the pieces are just a wonder to behold, as she constructs them out of thousands of little objects: painted chips, twigs, rope and trinkets. Check out her site that is overflowing with images of artistic integrity, tradition, and innovation at: http://www.marymccleary.com/index.html
(Click on the photos in this post to see them larger.)