African American Folk Art by Mari Hall


Digital Art ~ African American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist

"The Golden Door" by Mari Hall

"The Golden Door" 24 in W X 13 in H - $250 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life

Ancient Egypt is one of those mythologically rich ideas that haunts us today. We have carbon dated some of the pyramids, which reveals them to be extremely old. We have examined the architecture of the pyramids, wondering how they could have been built with such precision, including interior passageways that seem impossible to construct. We marvel at the sheer size of the structures, that drawf regular size people. Some archeologists and UFO-oligists posit that the pyramids were constructed by peoples from another galaxy, and these buildings are proof for us, of their visitation. When I created "The Golden Door", I was referring to some materials that I had read about these ideas. The golden door is a gateway leading to another civilization. The sentries, at the forefront of the art piece, are guardians, left behind to protect the gateway. It's a fun interpretation of Ancient Egypt sans the great pyramids, saturated with ancient desert colors.

Journeys with Art - Mari Hall's exploration to abstract places, foreign ideas, different tools. That is how Mari Hall describes her beginnings with digital art.

As a self-taught painter, I did not shy away from trying different media, oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, drawings, the traditional medias. Venturing into digital art was entirely different for me. Most of my experience with computers was with work, not art, so my starting point was more "corporate" rather than fine art. I did see a lot of potential after learning a few different softwares, wanting to explore to see just what I would develop after gaining familiarity with my new skills. I am not a photographer. I have no affinity with photography so I did not try to develop in that direction, although I have seen how it has great potential. I love painting. I love the sticky gooey part of painting, the smears, the mediums, the mess. So I did not gravitate to digital painting, although I have seen it used with great effect. Instead, I used the value of line and composition as my point of departure for exploring yet another medium. I have been painting much longer than I have been exploring with the digital medium. My mature painting style was developed after diving into many other styles of painting. I have yet to settle on a style with digital art, although I do repeat certain ways of presenting an art subject. So much of digital art depends on the software that is being used, and that sometimes is a limitation, especially if the software is no longer available. I do find digital liberating in that I am more comfortable exploring other subjects, ideas I would shy away from using oil paint. I have been working with digital art since 2000.

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