Mary Estep Morgan
Mary Estep Morgan has been an artist, educator, mother, and wife. All of these roles throughout her 70 years have impacted her. It is the accumulative years of what she calls “life’s experiences” that lead her to her current day processes and development as a visual artist. Mary says, “I have been influenced by all the roles that make up who I am; it is woven throughout my expressive artwork.” As a teacher for 30 years and a college adjunct professor of painting for 14 years, she says,” It was my extensive research of painting and painters that consistently influenced my style.”
Mary, while growing up in Texas as a girl, had opportunities to live in South America and Europe. These experiences gave her immeasurable and formative experiences into art and life. More recently, in her adult life, she spent time in Istanbul. She says, “It is the varied cultural experiences that have impacted my style, subject, and soul.”
Lost #2, Oil on paper montotype, 30 x 23 inches, 2018, $1,400
"My work is often very colorful reflecting nature and the colors that surrounded me as a girl growing up in Texas with the big sky and glorious sunsets. Movement that speaks of energy and spontaneous mark making are continual elements that speaks somewhat of experimentation. In a broader sense my work is an enmeshment of internal and external forces. Some of the “inner world” experiences are personal and difficult to explain…yet I have known that people really want to understand me and knowing who I am helps them as they view my work, therefore, this is what I would like for people to know. I have a deep and abiding presence that dwells inside my soul. It is the light that shines in the darkness of joys and sorrows of life. It is also filled with a peace that stems from a spiritual source. “Outer world influences” are nature, literature, events and as I mentioned above experiences from travels. Upon viewing my work if you can see nature, elements of design, dark and light, and feel emotional content such as joy or sorrow you have found the expressions of my soul.
"It is Helen Frankenthaler philosophy and influence that has prompted me to conclude that my artwork should be a living and changing process.; it should continue to change as I am fully aware of life’s maturation process and how these life’s changes impact my work. I cannot separate my artwork from who I am, it is biographical. therefore, I like to compare creating artwork to a jeweler cutting a beautiful jewel that has many facets. When I create my artwork sometimes the process is almost subconscious, yet this doesn’t mean that I didn’t think about it but what it means is that the painting appears having its own life and form. Sometimes this takes time and it is not always completed in a specific designated time period. My choice of mediums are various paints, on paper or canvas. Often, I use collage, phototransfer or gold leaf as additional elements.
"As I conclude I want to leave you with my closing thoughts. It is always my desire that you the viewer receive and interpret any of my work according to your own visual process. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the journey that you feel like you have not wasted your time and have gladness in her heart when you leave my gallery.”