My muse, I would say, is my garden. Other gardens as well, but my garden in particular. I move in it, feel it, and hear the breezes whisper through it. I watch the lighting during the day as it slides over and around the textured surfaces.
Lighting is so different on days with sun and with clouds. Lighting in the spring with the bright yellow greens of optimistic new growth and lighting by the fall with ambers & tans of a lived life. Morning light offers tender ambiance while afternoon colors not only light the scene from a different direction, the colors are deeper and warmer.
My garden brings consciousness and meaning to me. It keeps me grounded. The ephemeral beauty of an unfertilized blossom studied up close with magnifiers and macro lenses is a representation of a miracle. The world of possibility. The beginning of a story I represent in my Art. I walk through my garden gathering ideas. Stories I want to tell. Suggested ideas I want to convey.
In my garden I spend time designing the landscape or I spend time closely and intimately with a singular specimen at a particular stage of growth. In my studio I may paint a vignette or a full landscape view of a part of the garden I’ve designed, or I may choose to paint a small portion of one flower that has moved me. The minute miracle. This is my work. Outdoors and indoors. These are the stories I tell. This is my Art.
“Portraits: People, Pets, Places and Things” Art Show
A one-person Art Show by the Artist, Mary Ahern is on view at the Northport Library Gallery during the entire month of December, 2015.
Known Island wide for her brilliantly colored large scale floral paintings, Ahern turns her attention this time to include landscapes and portraits.
On view are her Portrait paintings of children, people and their hobbies as well as beloved family pets.
As a long time resident of Northport, Ahern has created a bright panoramic portrait of Northport Harbor in this collection as well as some local gardens and other places of interest.
An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 1-3PM
Check the library schedule for their hours.
Northport Library hours & location.
Northport Library Art Show featuring Mary Ahern
On December 3, 2006 I was invited to present a Lecture at the Farmingdale State, Dept. of Ornamental Horticulture Dept. Being a graduate of the program I presented an alternative career path to the traditional landscape design or floral trade professions.
Having morphed my Horticultural education into my Art has given me the opportunity to have my work informed with a passion for the subject along with a knowledgeable and professional grounding. This immersion in my subject makes my Art work so much more powerful, accurate and personal.
Mary Ahern lecturing on Fine Art, Botanical Illustration and the Business of Art at Farmingdale State-Horticulture Department.