“What inspires me once in front of blank canvas or panel is the nature of New Orleans, strong women, nature & botanicals. I use all of those elements to tell a story.” – Mary Singleton
We had a chance to ask Mary Singleton ten questions when she joined Where Y’Art. Discover more about her passion and artistry in the following Q&A.
Describe your art in three words. Botanical. Feminine. Human.
Describe yourself in one word. Curious
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? This city oozes creative energy. The music, color, architecture, history, tropical botanicals, City Park, The NOMA, the women…all of it affects me and gives me a reason to put color on a canvas. There are no shortage of vibrant colors or intriguing subject matter here. That’s why I’ve found myself painting daily since moving here.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I love painting first thing in the morning, coffee in hand. The day hasn’t begun yet and the to-do list is short. Painting early allows me to focus.
Where do you draw inspiration? I’m really driven by looking at great art. Seeing a brilliant work makes me want to push myself. Seeing other work gets me started in the studio. What inspires me once in front of blank canvas or panel is the nature of New Orleans, strong women, nature & botanicals. I use all of those elements to tell a story.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? This is gonna be a long list. They include: Xenia Hausner, Neo Rauch, Arnold Mesches, Lucian Freud, Hope Gangloff, Barkley Hendricks, Kehinde Wiley, Wayne Thiebaud and Paula Rego.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? Brenton Wood “Oogum Boogum”
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? Walking to my neighborhood bar while unsuccessfully teaching my dog to walk on a leash.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Mardi Gras and Christmas.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I taught myself to design websites and commercial hand lettering by watching online videos .
Now that you know what’s up with “Oogum Boogum”, get to know Mary Singleton even more by visiting her Artist Profile! View her collection and bio here.