Artist Mary Strange Blossom paints thought-provoking images that offer visual commentary on the human condition. See more of her work on her website.
My talent emerged at the young age of eleven, which brings my painting and drawing experience to almost 60 years. Although I have been painting for many years, I consider myself to be an emerging professional.
Watercolor was my first painting media and is still a favorite. The other favorite is oil. I never went to art school or college until my late 50’s and that is where I discovered my love for art history. I was inspired to pursue a second degree in Art History alongside my B.F.A. in Fine Art. Art history has definitely influenced my compositions, especially the use of symbolism in a still life to convey a narrative.
Most of my work is either realistic or surrealistic in style and many of my compositions are narratives or statements utilizing symbolism, color, texture and atmosphere to portray ideas and/or actions in the human arena. I strive to make my visual commentaries surpass the written word, a limitless source of thought-provoking images.
The inspiration behind most of my compositions often comes from my personal experiences of triumph and tragedy—painting has been my best therapist! I also find a lot of inspiration from our society (current and historic), religion, technology, sociology, to name just a few.
Several artists from history have influenced my style and content such as Dali, Magritte, Georges De La Tour and the Dutch Masters of the Renaissance. I have a great love for realism and surrealism, which I find the most challenging in skill and content.
My objective is to hold the observers’ attention long enough that they will recognize the symbolism and wonder about the narrative presented. I want the viewer to question the meaning and form their own conclusions. Each interpretation is unique.
I love to hear what my paintings convey to my audience. It’s so enlightening, often relaying ideas I never considered.
In the past decade I’ve had occurrences of health related issues that affected my progress in my art career. I currently have plans for new paintings for competitions.
For more exposure, I also wish to pursue a path to gallery representation and more contact with collectors. I also love to teach and hope to create some workshops in the future.