Information about the materials I use

While in a painting class at undergrad at Texas Tech, I was given an assignment to try to use materials that matched the content of my painting. Through that assignment I found myself experimenting with painting onto a shower curtain. For me it was interesting to consider adding paint from both sides to see what showed through. After playing with the material, I discovered that spray paint worked best. Then I painted, stenciled, taped, painted, stenciled and taped, etc and this was the end result. "The Splash" from 2008. I became hooked on painting on the plastic, and also specifically wielding and controlling spray paint.

The Splash

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This piece is where I became amazed at the possibilities of manipulating shadow, and I also started to notice that the colors on the backside of the painting could reflect on the wall behind it. I got really excited and honed in on proper construction for the preservation of each piece, and from that process I have created my entire body of work. This was the original Meander, poor construction lead to it not making it, so I recreated it in white.


I continued to experiment...

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and I started playing with leaving some parts of the plastic clear to create a shadow...

 
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and also reflecting colors onto the wall behind the piece 

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and it was a lot of fun!!!


cradle

Cradle was the first piece that I confidently stretched onto a colored frame. It is 4' x 5' and was accepted into a juried exhibition at the TTU school of art in 2009. Even though it was such an experimental form of painting my professors encouraged it and I really found that for me personally this is an effective way to create. 

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Learning how to manipulate the clear medium combined with stenciling and spraying layers is what has led me to my current artistic practices of painting onto clear plastic vinyl. 

I buy the vinyl on a roll, much like a traditional painter would buy a roll of canvas. I build and paint my own frames, and I usually stretch the paintings onto the frames when they are complete. I have recently been adding vinyl collage to my pieces post stretch. I'm still having fun with this process! Email me if you want to learn more!

Thanks for reading!

~Mary