Mary McLorn Valle
Mary McLorn Valle’s graphic and vibrant oil paintings explore the themes of contained energy that is unfolding and renewal. As symbols of life and nature, tightly cropped blossoms, buds, blooms and branches are endlessly provocative and inspiring for her. Mostly painted from life in her studio these “still” subjects are active focal points and the subjects of her contemplation. The act of painting is a spontaneous and free-flowing meditation, the paintings themselves are charged with energy, intense colour and vitality. Colour possibilities are further explored in gridded colour mixology paintings. Mary grew up in rural in Ontario with parents that were both visual artists and currently resides in Toronto. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from The University of Regina. Her work is in many private collections across Canada.
Ways I Work
When did you start making art, and why?
Both my parents were artists, they met at OCAD...we moved to an historic house built in 1837 in rural Ontario when I was young. They built a big studio in the barn and showed their paintings from our home. They inspired me to observe what was around me and be creative.
When I'm not makng art, I'm (a) ...
lost in my own thoughts.
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white, eclectic, comfortable
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