Mary Isham Pastels: "Here and There"

       Color inspires Florence painter and fiber artist Mary Isham, who paints Arboretum scenes while she's here during Winter months, and is a summer resident of Albany Township in Maine. Isham will be the featured artist with a solo exhibition in our gallery during March, 2017.
Meet the artist at her gallery opening reception March 5, Sunday, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

       Isham is a multi-media artist who also describes herself as "multi-geographic," bringing her own perspective to both fiber art and watercolors. Her work celebrates the variety of flora and fauna surrounding her during summer months in Albany Township, Maine and her winter and spring home in Florence, Arizona -- as well as the vast stretch of Uiited States and points on the journey in between."

       "All my life I have been drawn to color, I've focused on watercolors for 30 years and worked with fiber for the past 25 years - and with pastels for a decade.

        "During summers in Maine I paint the rocks, mountains, waterfalls and sand. New England has the White Mountains, the Green Mountains, the Blue Mountains… all of these ranges named for colors. They call them mountains, but compared to Arizona they're hills -- mountains here are awesome!"

"The Arboretum and also Catalina State Park have a never-ending wealth of paintable subjects. The surrounding mountains -- artistically they're all so different. Then during our months in Arizona I paint the dry streambeds and waterfalls where water once was present. Queen Creek and Silver King Wash here at the Arboretum are among what attracts me, even when they're dry, I still find they are a powerful expression of water. Since i paint plein air I'm aware of changes fo color, light, atmosphere -- almost momend-to-moment.

"I enjoy being at the Arboretum because of its peacefulness, its light and shadow and changeable landscapes. From a small cactus flower to the large Magma Ridge, there is always something to inspire. It has been a personal joy seeing the Arboretum grow over the years. Truly, this is an Arizona Treasure."

                                        Contact the artist by email ishamfarmyarns@yahoo.com or by phone at 602-421-1148, or by writing to Mary Isham, Caliente Casa Del Sol, 3526 North Chaparral, Florence, AZ, 85232. Her summer postal address is 1006 Vernon Street, Albany Township, Maine, 04217.