Mary Chandler

Mary
Chandler
When I was 7 years old, after seeing Monet’s paintings at the Chicago Art Institute, I decided I wanted to be a painter. How one could interpret and create another world by layering brushstrokes of pure color upon color was fascinating to me. As an illustrator and designer, I’ve learned the importance of composition and telling a story. As a painter, I’ve found watercolor a wonderful medium to explore, flowing colors into color, layering and glazing, one could create an allusive interplay of light and shadow and distance. My paintings focus on architecture in the New England landscape. I find inspiration in the atmospheric settings created by proximity to the shoreline, and the harmony of the structural edges of rocks or architecture against the rambling wild textures of the surrounding fields and marshes. By translating a point of view taken from a moment where I have stopped, observed, and listened to my surroundings, I invite the viewer to observe my paintings and feel the sunlight on a quiet road, or the mist in the foggy air.

Selected Works