Mary Witkop Coffield
When I think of my art I think of my mother. Art was in my life since birth. “Look at the negative space” my mom would exclaim as we walked along. She taught me how to see, and now, everywhere I look, I can see a painting.
My recent work has incorporates natural forms. Much of it is abstract. Even my landscapes are quite abstracted. My intent is to capture a mood, a connection I feel to the natural world.
Working with oils on canvas, I use generous, thick strokes to capture a balance of harmony and complexity. The images used serve as a starting point with no attempt to reproduce them faithfully. Instead the paint takes primacy, applied in layers, wet over wet, using a variety of tools. The resulting forms and texture are preserved with a minimum of reworking. A vision of the earth as a living organism emerges. Again a mother, this time, mother earth.