Day Lilies       Aunt Bessie's Garden         Aunt Bessie's Garden 2
 

 
Artist Statement
   
 
My artwork reflects a sensitivity to flow developed over decades of meditative Chi Gong practice (Chinese energy work). Chi flows through the body as rivers and streams flow, as life itself flows, as love flows from the heart.
 
I set up situations that allow my materials to speak for themselves. Paint pigments are allowed to flow with gravity, act naturally and settle down. Synthetic paper is painted and layered to take advantage of its translucency. Nothing is forced or hidden, although the viewer is encouraged to look a little deeper than the surface, into the layers within. I often impede the paint movement within a geometric grid of some sort. I have used stacked bars of paint, tight-packed grids of circles, and rectangular “charts.” In this way all sorts of accidents and incidents can be incorporated into an ordered whole.
 
The value in my paintings lies in each individual’s spiritual/emotional response. A whisper of color, a suggestion of allusive form, may be powerful in an art that aims to evoke quiet awareness.


 
Artist Bio
 
My father was a watercolor painter of New England harbor scenes, so my family spent summers on Cape Ann, where he painted, and winters in Connecticut, close enough to New York to make frequent visits to the museums and galleries. That early exposure to art continues to inform my work.
 
I have explored many media, including textiles, colored pencils and clay. I have an MFA degree in ceramics and studied architecture at Yale. I find the radiant transparency of watercolor best suited to my interest in spiritual essence. My artwork has been influenced by decades of chi gong practice (Chinese energy work), which has developed my affinity for unforced movement and intuitive action. I think you can see the Taoist gentleness in my paintings.
 
In 1997 I moved to Lamy, New Mexico, with my late husband. My work is shown in galleries around the American West.
 

Contact the artist at darawayne@cybermesa.com and see her work at http://www.daramark.com
The artist belongs to an artist collective, The Lady Minimalists Tea Society, six Northern NM artists who meet monthly, support each other, sometimes collaborate, often show together.
http://www.ladyminimalists.com