Photograph of Artist MARY ZEMAN
MARY ZEMAN
Amelia Island, Florida - United States



Original Artworks (6)

Mary Zeman; Provence Dream, 2011, Original Painting Acrylic, 18 x 24 inches.
Mary Zeman
Original Acrylic Painting, 2011
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61.0 cm)
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Mary Zeman; Somewhere, 2011, Original Painting Acrylic, 18 x 36 inches.
Mary Zeman
Original Acrylic Painting, 2011
18 x 36 inches (45.7 x 91.4 cm)
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Mary Zeman; Trieste, 2010, Original Collage, 24 x 30 inches.
Mary Zeman
Original Collage, 2010
24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
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Mary Zeman; Two Sides Of My Brain And..., 2010, Original Painting Acrylic, 40 x 30 inches.
Mary Zeman
Original Acrylic Painting, 2010
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
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Mary Zeman; Favorite Movie 1 Lovely A..., 2007, Original Painting Acrylic, 36 x 13 inches. Artwork description: 241  Acrylic and ink on wood ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2007
36 x 13 inches (91.4 x 33.0 cm)
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Mary Zeman; Cafe De Flore, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 31 x 25 inches. Artwork description: 241  Acrylic on paper framed under glass ...
Mary Zeman
Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
31 x 25 inches (78.7 x 63.5 cm)
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Artist Statement

Over 14 years ago, I began to paint after I had brain surgery to remove a benign brain tumor from the right side of my brain. I was recovering from surgery, and out of the blue, I called my mom and asked her to take me to buy some paint and brushes. This was the first time I ever painted in my life. While I was growing up, I was never exposed to art and just didn�t know anything about it, though I had always wanted to learn more. I began painting on wood, paper, newspaper, anything I could find, then I started to paint on canvas. When I went back to my job in television, people looked at my art on the walls of my cubicle, and some people encouraged me to go further with it. I would work all day, then come home and paint at night, and looked forward to the time I would be painting. In October of 2000, I decided to leave my job and make a go of being a full-time artist. Everyday, I learn something new about art, and I love making art. The biggest compliment I can get is when adults look at my work and say, �that looks so childlike�. On the surface, my work seems to be innocent and non-threatening, but if you look deeper, there are many times observations about everything, from life, death, religion, politics, pain, childhood, just about everything. I never know what I�m going to paint, it just comes to me as I go. I love to write poetry, also, but don�t do it as much as I used to.. My artistic influences are varied. I like the work of Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Howard Finster, Andy Warhol, Alice Neal, Harry Teague, & many others. I think art is everywhere, sometimes we just have to see.


My artistic influences are varied and constantly changing. Art that is accessible to all people is what I believe in, whether it's kids' art, street art or in a gallery. I refuse to buy into the fancy notion that great art can only be seen in a gallery or museum, it's also in daily life, in movies, in music, on the highway and where we least expect it. I've done some volunteer work at schools basically showing kids the kind of stuff I like to do, then having them jump in and do their thing, and I am always inspired by the art I see kids do, since my stuff feels like it comes from the kid inside me, the kid that never got to make art when I was younger. In my everyday life, I find that it's the little things that inspire me to paint, many times it's the music I listen to, something I heard in passing, or being outside running around with my dog. I think art is everywhere, sometimes we just have to see.

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