MARY HOLTON

“It is more interesting to me to see what lies in the Silence.” ~ Mary Holton

IN THE SILENCE
In this series it’s the grace, the dedication, the sacrifice, the exhaustion, the contemplation, the reflection, the determination, the quiet of a morning walk and the stillness of a house, or the creature that lingers staring out at you as you pass by content in their own silence, the words that are not spoken among friends.

My artistry reflects a quiet rebellion against literal reality while remaining grounded in an appreciation for the beauty contained in our everyday environment. I strive to capture light in its various phases, to present subjects and detail with a looseness and freedom that do not violate the integrity of those elements. For most of my work I choose the forcefulness of a knife rather than a brush stroke to apply my palette, to create a tactile, textural painting that the viewer is free to touch, enter and be part of. I paint to share a vision with the viewer of the uncommon in the common, eliminating the unnecessary elements that distract, a wabi-sabi approach to art: “if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.” ~ Mary Holton