Mary Neville

I paint intuitively. It’s about the process of thought as much as achieving the right structure, form and balance in a painting. Painting whatever comes into my head at any given moment, even when I decide to paint over those “thoughts” later, is I think, what gives the finished piece a feeling of spontaneity.  I am always in negotiation: simultaneously walking the tightrope of “is this piece holding up to line and composition” and at the same time allowing the piece its freedom in order to look and feel uncontrived.” 

It is in this process that I continually explore the concept of how all we may all hold on to inner emotional or physical memories for so long that it becomes “our story.”  I often create paintings under paintings. Adding to, and then wiping away images so that just a trace remains.  The layers of color, texture, and organic forms create a complex visual weave that brings into balance sensory ques. Because acrylic paint dries quickly, “I work fast and don’t let my left brain have time to critique. That being said however, I can labor over a painting for a very long time trying to figure out what wants to emerge and then in the blink of an eye, it all comes together.

My recent work, “Boundaries” is about the limits we establish to protect ourselves from others. They allow us to separate who we are, and what we think and feel, from the thoughts and feelings of others. They include physical, mental, psychological and spiritual boundaries, involving beliefs, emotions, intuitions and self esteem. They set the distance others are allowed to approach. Big black lines take center stage and symbolize this incoming and outgoing interaction between each of us.

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