EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Mary Ann Wakeley

This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is an exceptional abstract artist. Her paintings, full of atmosphere and energy, and like glimpses into a dream world.

Artist Mary Ann Wakeley
Who and where are you?

I am a painter who lives and works out of my home in Wynnewood, PA, a stone’s throw from Philadelphia’s city line.

How did you get started art blogging?

About three years ago I remember thinking it would be fun to have a blog but I did not feel like I had anything to say. I am not one to share really personal things publicly, and being a painter, I prefer to let my paintings speak for me.

But in October of 2009, something in me felt the time was right to start sharing….mainly tidbits of creative insight. I believe my first post was food-related. When my work feels stale or I begin to sense boredom, I stop. Often cooking helps shake things lose in me so I can start fresh. And on it went from there.

Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I would say, if you are an artist and you want to start a blog, do it. Let what you write be as natural as what you paint. Those who are more comfortable with the silent language of paint may find words a bit uncomfortable at first. But with practice and time, the words do find their way out. The most surprising thing for me was to discover that other people actually read and found meaning in what I wrote. Do not underestimate the power of your words and thoughts.

What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

For the longest time and since I first began painting almost ten years ago, I have painted to music. I listen to a wide range of music and artists. Tori Amos, Keren Ann, Chaka Khan, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Poe, Madonna…Seal, Elton John, Perfect Circle, Pearl Jam, Beck, Rufus Wainright, Alice in Chains, Neil Young…..Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven….Gerald Clayton, Moby….so you see, it really depends on my mood. Lately, I have been starting my work period by listening to a mix of artists and then turning it off and finishing in silence. I like the way music cleanses and uplifts the atmosphere and the pureness of silence that follows.

What’s coming next from your easel?

At the end of the work day yesterday, I tacked up on the wall a columnar shaped canvas remnant measuring approximately 21×68 inches. I will get started on it today. I have no idea what I will do with it.


Thank you Mary for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

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EBSQ Spotlight on Assemblages and Mixed Media: Mary Ann Wakeley

This month’s featured gallery is Assemblages and Mixed Media. It is arguably the most unique and diverse gallery at EBSQ.  Throughout May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our artists who drawn to create with a variety of materials.

Mary Ann Wakeley

Sleep State - Mary Ann Wakeley
Sleep State - Mary Ann Wakeley

I realized when I first started painting that what intrigued me most about the art I liked compared to what was in front of me as I worked, was the way a variety of elements and textures can combine in such a way that they take me out of the every day experience and bring me closer to that part of myself that can’t be explained. My response to the work of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and painter Joan Snyder for example reach me on much different and more intense level than say a painting by Monet or even Joan Mitchell, both of whom I love as painters. The process of working with different textures is a very sensual one and a crucial element in what I do because it represents an important aspect of myself that I feel is best expressed through art. I am always looking for ways to express most truly what I am currently feeling when I work, and reaching for that perfect medium to take me there is part of the pleasure of creating, whether I am blending pastels into acrylics, or using a hard conte crayon, or splashing drips of ink. It’s a visceral as well as spiritual experience that continually gives me a new appreciation for how I experience life. – Mary Ann Wakeley

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