MaryPhelan/oil paintings
My hometown with its compact bungalows and small factories was a place I wandered for hours as a child, projecting myself into every yard and open window. I am still intrigued by interrupted views and hidden spaces, geometric rhythms, and the tactile comfort of brick, concrete, mud, and grass. This world that we build around ourselves and think of as ordinary--our neighborhood, the place we call home--is full of the most extraordinary meaning, and therefore beauty. I attempt to capture some of it in the work I do.

There is an underlying context in each of these works which is informed by the Asian principles of Feng Shui, an interest I've had for many years. While the paintings can certainly be appreciated without it, for those with knowledge of the I Ching, I've included the particular hexagram for each work. This hexagram can be thought of as providing the character around which the work developed.

Other paintings on this site include landscapes inspired by travels in Ireland and France. I recently added a page of earlier collages that began as an attempt to explore spatial and atmosheric effects with the reworking of original etchings, but which led to more ideas related to landscape and eventually this work.

Upcoming venues and continuing exhibits:

Galex 49 National Juried Exhibit
Galesburg Civic Arts Center
114 East Main Street
Galesburg, IL
March 13 - April 11
Reception: March 13, 6-8pm

Home is Where the Art Is
Artspace Elgin
51 S. Spring St.
Elgin, IL
April 4 - April 18
Reception: April 4, 6-10pm