My name is Mary Palmer. As an artist, I harness my passion and talent for art and design, creating art that connects with individuals and creates long lasting, memorable experiences.
Quite simply, my passion and talent is fueled from a love of art, architectural illustration and creativity. With many years of experience, my work is part of hundreds of corporate and private collections. More formally, my skills are built upon multiple high-quality educational experiences while Bradley at and Eastern Illinois University, Harrington College of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As an artist, I thoroughly enjoy each opportunity to create something that connects with individuals and creates long lasting, memorable experiences.
A child seems to grow holding on to few constants in their life as it forever changes, mine were usually pencils, pens, paint, scraps of wood or the well known saying of: “If it don’t move, paint it.”
When I was young I would stare into the Christmas tree for what seemed to be hours, imagining I was about 2 inches tall and living amongst the branches, dazzled by the sparkle of the lights and the details of each colorful ornament. Like meditating with paint, I found I could go anywhere I wanted. It could be summer when the snow was falling outside or the cool crisp winter when the days were too hot.
To be lost in an image distracted by nothing but it’s life as it grows before me, encouraged by my own hand; the depth of black in a blob of ink or never ending colors of paint, spreading across a surface, pushed and prodded, poked or stretched; coming alive as it grows. Being able to direct and watch it grow into something that can, even for a moment, transport the viewer to another place, is a tremendously fulfilling adventure.
If that is the definition of an artist, then I plead guilty. Being an artist is not a goal I have strived for, it’s who I am. It’s journey is one on which I will forever be drawn. Please let me know if I can help transport you somewhere soon.
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