Description This is a mixed media painting derived from and inspired by Ann Baldwin's painting, 'Deux Lettres.' Inset in the canvas is one of my favorite Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes, 'Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.'
Mary Gow, San Francisco Bay Area Member Since March 2012 Artist Statement Mary Gow is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based artist who uses painting, photography and digital techniques to create expressive imagery. She's been showing her creations since 1988. Visit her website at: MaryGow.com.
Here's some feedback about her work:
"Gow’s sense of design is particularly strong. Form and color are varied, and her placement of forms is fascinating. A lack of conventional beauty or prettiness also characterizes her work. While Impressionist painters such as Renoir, Van Gogh or Toulouse-Lautrec created their work to give visual pleasure, that isn’t the case with Gow’s art, which has a starkness that gives the pieces strength, as well as a feeling of directness — a sense of coming straight to the point without frills. The austerity also adds to the already startling quality of the pieces." -Murray Paskin, San Francisco Examiner
“The colors in your abstract work are so vivid and alive – and then the black and white. Just lovely. Haunting. (Even the photographs tend towards the abstract: much tension there between a recognizable 'image' and our perception of the “purity” of lines and related spaces). It’s as if another consciousness were pulling at us as we look at the world.” – Jack Foley, Poet/Performer/Writer and Host of KPFA 94.1 FM’s “Cover to Cover” 3 PM (Pacific Time) on Wednesdays, in San Francisco
-"THANKS SO MUCH for this gorgeous splash of beauty on my wall! I came home and immediately on entering, it burst into my vision and would not let me go -- just as it did at your showing; and now i get to drink it in umpteen times a day." -Lisa Dollar, Founder of the Lysistrada Project