Athens, Ohio artist Mary Chamberlain exhibits a selection of her oil paintings at Highline Coffee Art Space in Worthington, September 3-30, 2019.
Chamberlain’s inspiration for her work comes from small towns and rural areas, including vintage homes, barns, and the picturesque Appalachian landscape. Her paintings emphasize color and texture, providing a fresh perspective on the subject matter that she loves.
“As a young woman growing up in the suburbs of Virginia, my creative passions were sparked on visits to the nearby countryside, where I discovered old houses, barns, and buildings,” Chamberlain explains. “I fell in love with all the elements of these regions and have been exploring them through oil painting ever since. I believe that every structure has its own story to tell, and by spending time with it, as I layer rich colors of oil paint with my palette knife, the story emerges onto the canvas.”
Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from James Madison University in Virginia, Chamberlain moved to southeast Ohio in 1993, where she continues to exhibit her work in several juried solo and group shows in the area as well as local galleries and shops, including the Dairy Barn Art Center in Athens and the Parkersburg Arts Center in West Virginia.
“Mary’s expressive but minimalistic paintings are so calming,” says Christie Bruffy, owner and manager of Highline Coffee Co. “We love having the opportunity to introduce local and regional artists to the central Ohio community by providing an intimate venue to exhibit and sell their work.”
“Mary’s love of and passion for the rural and small town environment quickly speaks to you after viewing her paintings,” Don Scott, director and curator of Highline Coffee Art Space, notes. “After discovering Mary and her work quite some time ago through a mutual connection, we’re delighted that she agreed to show for the first time in Worthington at the Art Space.”