Mari Chatroop About
I am Mari McClellan, and I was born in Beloit, Wisconsin during the summer of 1959.
My early memories are of a family pet in 1961; our cocker spaniel named Mr. Magoo, and the flame colored trumpet vine that grew outside of our living room window.
The vine lured amazingly hypnotic, airborne creatures who repeatedly converged and departed....
hummingbirds. Their beauty and effortless freedom filled me with curiosity.
I studied art in grammar and high school. I did not pursue my art degree as planned, instead trading
my dream for a 17 year long solar home building adventure in the wilderness of New Mexico, with my domesticated pets and the unrestricted wildlife. My lifestyle afforded me the opportunity to witness
wildlife that was unaware of my presence. There is no better studio for capturing art than the wilderness.
The fall of 1997, I returned to academic endeavors, and in 1998, I studied with Barry Ganoe, an art
instructor at TVI in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Barry taught me to see color, and recognize its dimensions.
Through blending and the application of form, I bring blank canvas to life with the layering of color.
Fascinated by wildlife, art was, and is my net for capturing each animal for myself, sharing what I see, via the canvas.
Since those days that seem so long ago, I have moved away from the solar pioneer lifestyle, returned to college to obtain my degree in art, and I am finally regaining the freedom I need to fly.
Contemporary Naturalist.... Applying nature to canvas
P.O. Box 12771
Jackson, WY. 83002
- 625 W. Lost Dutchman
- Apache Junction
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