Artist: Maryellen Mariani
36"W x 24"L
Although I liked to draw as a child, I have very limited formal training in art: a few high school classes in the early 70's, and more recently, some workshops and classes. I am very proud to have been selected as one of the top ten entries in the 2018 Art Ties Us Gala. Seven years ago, after my husband died, I turned to art for solace. I found that it helped me to maintain my sanity and process deep grief. I mostly paint with acrylics and do collage pieces. I admire artists like Romare Beardon, Judy Chicago, Frida Kahlo, and Paul Gaugin. I have worked as a social worker and as a teacher with "at risk" kids for the past forty years. I strive to create works that show joy in living and resistance to injustice, in equal measure.