|Oil Paintings ~ African
American Folk Art
Mari Hall, Artist
|"Snow in May" 12 in W X 16 in H - $230
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life
When I did this painting, we were coming out of many drought years
in California. It was a spectacular winter, lots of winter storms,
huge snowfalls in the mountains, and it was exceptionally cold most
of the winter in the lovely Mojave Desert. In other words, by the
time May arrived, I was sick of winter. I had cabin fever. I was walking
up the sides of the walls. I was ready for my hot weather, to which
I feel owed every single year. I wait for the heat to come rolling
in, smothering heat, high humidity, scorching hot sun. I wait for
it, with certainty that it will arrive. May arrives, with promise
of at least warm weather. I was ready. Until Canada decided to send
us some of its Artic Front Miserably Cold Air. I was furious! We don't
need imported cold air, thank you very much. Take it back! Well, my
howling was to no avail. Instead it tried to snow in May. I watched
dismally as snow flurries dotted my windows. My favorite peach tree
across the street, had already flowered into a halo of delicate pink
blossoms. The snow flurries landed here and there, pushing against
the leaves of the trees that stood green against a charcoal grey sky.
The beauty of the day was undeniable but I was very happy and relieved
when the cold front went away and the warm air filled the valley up
again. That is my Snow in May story. It was worth a painting, as we
who live in the high desert, are sometimes treated to exotic weather.
Mari Hall describes her painting style as folk art, with a balance
of ethnic references, flowing into her description of her art as African
American Folk Art which probably defies formal catalogue. The influences
for her contemporary oil paintings derive from a host of painters,
who also embraced flat plane composition, fauvist color and abolished
formal constraints of chiascuro modeling, horizon lines and light
versus shadow. Her modern artist eye does not deny the influence of
modern advertising, modern photography and modern humor. She describes
herself as a self-taught artist leaning heavily upon the works of
Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, with
a host of other artists shuffled in between days and nights of perusing
art in its many forms, including music. Her African American Folk
Art is also influenced by Haitian paintings which fly in the face
of gravity and reason into torrents of color and history. Mari Hall
prefers the sticky torpid passion of oil paint with its dangers and
fumes, to the more readily prized acrylic paint. The entire experience
of painting with oil is sensory to the extreme, propelling her into
the azure skies of creativity with a touch of Mojave Desert madness.
To calm her flight into the vagaries of chaotic paint, Mari sometimes
tosses out a novel, as writing for her, is another form of painting,
only with words.
Mari Hall started painting in her late 20s as a way to fill her time
with something constructive and engaging. Painting became a gateway
into an emotional and mental space that stretched into decades of
intense learning, expansion, failure, success, dreaming that forever
she would have tubes of oil paint, boxes of pencils, bottles of ink,
reams of paper, rolls of canvas with endless amounts of time and energy
to push all of each strand into some visual form that held pleasure
for another besides herself. She is in her fourth decade of painting
and hopes to mimic forever her desires in paint until she can no longer
hold a brush.
ElectricMoonBaby is African American Folk Art 2020, Outsider Art
in the Key of Life.
ElectricMoonBaby is Mari Hall, Artist & Writer.
ElectricMoonBaby is American, Contemporary, Constant, Flavored.
ElectricMoonBaby is Art in a Fun Key. Enjoy.
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