Mary Arneson

Mary Arneson’s paintings are sought after by clients locally and across the US, Canada and Great Britain. She works on glassware as well as canvas, paper and wood. Her art follows a path of personal vision, insight and love of nature.

Where do you feel the most inspired?

At home, gazing into the forest and watching our many feathered visitors at the feeders! 

Tell us a little about your creative process.

I’m not sure I have what you’d call a creative process. When I see things that speak to me, whether in person, on TV, or the internet, my mind begins to formulate paintings in my head.

What kind of projects are you working on right now? Or what are some of your ideas for future projects?

At the moment I have a commissioned piece on the easel.  It’s a desert themed piece and the second of two paintings my collector commissioned. When I begin the glazing process of this piece, I know my mind will begin playing with ideas for the next canvas on the easel.   

Who’s your favorite current artist? (aka social media artist)

Like so many, I love the old masters and I love the talented and famous artists of today. But, my very favorites are all those that are not famous, are not known worldwide, and continue to forge ahead honing their skills. I can’t say that I like the paintings of all artists, but I do like all the artists themselves….I like that they share their knowledge and ideas with the rest of us….I like that even if they never sell a painting, they don’t give up…..I just like them!!  To name names would not be fair as I might accidentally leave someone out. 

If you could have dinner with any artist dead or alive who would it be?

I would love to meet and talk with Andrew Wyeth. His use of blacks, whites, and all the grays in between fascinate me.  

What advice would you give to an artist who wants to be just like you?

Don’t be just like me….instead be just like You!!! Paint what is in your heart. Put on canvas what you see through your eyes and be true to yourself in your creative process.  

If you could go back and give advice to your younger self something about your art what would it be?

Don’t be afraid of bad paintings. Don’t be afraid to explore those odd ideas that come into your head. Don’t be afraid to go to art school. 

What’s your favorite supplies or “have to have” product/equipment that makes your process better.

I love acrylics so I can’t have too many brands and colors! Brushes….yup, have to have hundreds of brushes!  Many canvases in supply are a must! Oh, and then there are the sponges, spray bottles for water and alcohol, spray wall texture, painting tape, and on and on and on. I don’t know that any of these things make my process better, but they do make me happy! 

What’s your favorite music to put on while creating?

When I do listen to music, it’s usually 80’s music….I love the music from that time. My preference is to turn on TV and listen to stories. 

What’s your favorite film/tv show that you think everyone should see?

I don’t know that I have just one favorite. I really like the “Chicago” shows…you know, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago Justice. The characters are great and they are all so well written. Very entertaining! 

What’s a subject that you know a surprising amount of?

This question about me is probably best answered by someone that knows me very well. My years of living have taught me a lot of things about a lot of things!! 

What’s your favorite way of treating yourself after tackling a project?

No special treatment except to sit back and relax and enjoy what I’ve created or accomplished!  

How do you want to challenge yourself artistically in the future?

There are some things I want to try that are totally different from what I’ve been doing up to now. It all involves paint and time will tell what else it may involve. Yes, I’m holding my ideas close!

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