Mary Ellen Strack - Painting
Through my work I try to share my passion of nature and capture its spiritual presence. People flock to The Grand Canyon, the rugged coast of Big Sur, costal views of Kapalua, the red rock formations of Mount Zion, build houses in mountains surrounded by Aspens as a means to experience the powerful presence of nature. I want people to feel energy as it is reflected throughout natural environments. I want to recreate a positive sense, and the power we experienced seeing something truly magnificent. To experience escapism from the mundane pace of life.
I learned to appreciate abstract art, through Picasso's work, "Guernica," when I found out he exaggerated human expressions on peoples faces to capture the atrocities of war. I found it to be very powerful, and hence, developed a better understanding and appreciation for abstractions.
In my work, I exaggerate the elements used in art. I try to capture the same feel one would have experiencing incredible views of nature. My work has evolved over 30 years, most recently I have been trying to simplify my work through abstraction. I work with encounters I have had with nature, to convey the same uplifting beauty and experiences it presents. Hopefully the viewer can reflect and relate with their own encounters.