Alive with dancing pattern, the colourful mixed media paintings of Canadian artist Maria Pace-Wynters are a celebration of the care-free nature of childhood.
The art of Maria Pace-Wynters is theatrical in style. Created in mixed media Maria's paintings are filled with intricate pattern and interesting textures. Maria's art depicts fairy tale, dream like scenes with a Japanese influence. Her paintings tell the visual stories of the lives of pretty maidens, extravagant performers and joyous children. The female figure takes centre stage in her work surrounded by botanical forms and and splashes of bright and vibrant colour.
Alongside the Japanese and impressionist influences Maria's work is inspired by her children. Children create art for the process, not for the final outcome. They make marks because it is enjoyable to them free from self-imposed pressures. Children do not dwell on the outcome of their creative efforts. They paint and move on. It is an appreciation of this childlike freedom that keeps Maria's work fresh and her style loose and experimental. As an artist she aims to embrace her creative process making marks simply for the love of creating.
I am in love with Maria's use of layered pattern and line. The freedom in her work is inspiring. Her art appeals to me as a mother, I can imagine my own children dancing and playing in her colourful fantasy scenes. Their happy, laughing faces filled with childhood excitement. Maria's work acts as a reminder to its viewers to paint for the process first and the outcome only as a second - a reminder to experience and appreciate the world as would a child.
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