Mary Ahern with her Digital Mixed Media PaintingsMary Ahern with her Digital Mixed Media Paintings

I am an artist creating Paintings in various mediums some of which use Traditional media and some of which are Digitally based. Whether my paintings are Digital or Traditional, the same compositional elements apply. The arrangement of the piece, including rhythm, perspective, focal points, proportion and light source are just a few considerations when I create a painting.

As a classically trained painter I was taught to paint using traditional sable and bristle brushes. My Traditional Paintings are created using either oil, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil and/or graphite. At times I will combine some of these mediums to create Traditional Mixed Media paintings beginning with a grisaille underpainting.

Along with the Traditional mediums in which I paint, I also create a different type of art in the form of digital paintings.

I create my compositions and paint directly on the computer using a pressure sensitive stylus and tablet.  I paint the lighting, the color, the depth and dimension of the whole, making a unified bouquet, flower arrangement, still life or plant portrait. Though my Digital work has the same realism one expects to see in photography, this work is not photography.

Generally speaking, I use plants that I grow in my own garden; therefore, I am intimately aware of their growth characteristics and morphology. I use this detail knowledge when I accurately reconstruct and stylize the flowers and plants in my paintings. With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture, plant accuracy is an important feature of my work.
As a Traditional Fine Artist painting in oils and watercolors for over 30 years and having spent the last 25 years immersed in computer graphics, I created this new Genre of Fine Art for myself. Digital Mixed Media Painting emphasizes my skills as a painter and the left-brained/right-brained synergy of creativity and technology…mary



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