MaryPhelan/oil paintings
The Work & Upcoming Exhibits

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 exhibits:

I'm excited to announce that I will be participating in a joint exhibit with well-known rural landscape artist Eldridge Bagley, to be presented at the Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio, in the fall of 2018.

Metro Montage XV Juried Exhibition
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
July 11 - Sept. 6
Opening: 6 - 8pm, July 11

28th Annual Northern National
Nicolet College Art Gallery
Rhinelander, WI
July 18 - Sept. 11
Opening: July 18, 6pm

Illinois State Fair Professional Art Exhibition
State Fairgrounds, Springfield, ILAugust 14-23