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Sweida, Mary Anne

, Sep 15, 2012 No Comments

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MASweida 1 My love of drawing and painting began in the 1st Grade.  While other kids were collecting baseball cards, Sister Mary Jean introduced us to art…….through “Art Cards”.  I was fascinated by the Impressionists; Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, and finally Van Gogh.  But it was Renoir’s “A Girl with a Watering Can” that became my favorite.

The light and colors of the Impressionists spoke to me.  In their paintings, they saw as I saw.  It wasn’t until age 11 that it was discovered I was severely near-sighted.  I had been squinting my way through school!  Imagine my surprise, with my first eyeglasses, at seeing the individual leaves on the trees, or people’s faces from a distance.

My maternal grandfather was an amateur cartoonist.  My uncle, a painter, gave me my first set of oils.  In a high school art class, I discovered acrylics, which allow me to paint quickly, usually in a soft-edge technique.

Today when I paint, my brain and my hand still see as I did as a child….light, color, shape…not detail.  So stand back and see as I see.
 

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