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I believe that all people have creative ability. Mine manifests itself through oil paint, watercolor, ceramics and crafting. My art teacher, Irene Sukle, encouraged creative exploration in all mediums. I am a mother, Illustrator, Gallery Manager, Treasurer of the Geauga Arts Council and Owner of Creative Spirit Studios (my independent art/web design business.)
I have journeyed to South Africa, South Korea, Chile, Argentina and Peru, travelling out of a backpack via bus, plane and boat to see what this world had to offer. From the Marabou Storks of South Africa, to the food and lifestyle of South Korea, and a 4-month break from life to visit South America, I gathered memories, treasures and photos to inspire my work. There are special places in the States that I also hold dear to my heart for inspiration behind my art.
Living in Northeast Ohio, I fell in love with the woods behind my house where the hemlocks surround the shale and sandstone creeks. I had always sort of known, but never noticed just how captivating the rock outcroppings were. This new appreciation led to the series, "Ohio Paradise". The technique with which I began painting in oils has transpired into other observational work such as the "Glass Galaxy", "Looking Up", "Atacama" and "Petrohue" series from my travels. In 2017 & 2021, I gave birth to both of my children at home in our hot tub. It was transformative and empowering.
As I settled into mom life, I illustrated the book, "Inspired Birth- Affirmations for the Childbearing Year" authored by Jenna Hull. My original watercolor floral paintings are from that project. Now I continue to paint in my home art studio working mainly in oils and watercolor. To find my current exhibitions, hear about sales, and see my latest work, please subscribe to my newsletter and follow my Instagram, @mamapaynter.
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The natural world is a huge inspiration for me. I love to spend time outside looking closely at the vast array of colors and contours within nature.
I paint in oils or watercolor from my own photographs. I love closely observing details and colors within my compositions,
Highlights in my career include operating local galleries in Northeast Ohio. And having my oil paintings showcased at the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport in 2020.
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