Mary creates landscapes that are jewel-like depictions of sunlit fields and northern lakes, timeless in their appeal. The artist’s works begin on Baltic birch panels that are treated with layers of gesso, hand-sanded between each application to achieve a satin-like painting surface. Vistas evolve through the application of many layers of opaque oil paint and transparent glazes.
A corporate designer who holds graduate degrees in printmaking, Mary uses the very early morning hours before work to paint at her studio, which is located in an old flatiron building in St. Cloud, MN.
Mary Pat Opatz Herges – Artist Statement
One of my favorite quotes is from George Inness, the standard bearer for many landscape painters. He was once asked, “What is it a painter tries to do?” He answered, “Simply to reproduce in other minds the impression which a scene has made upon him. A work of art does not appeal to the moral sense. Its aim is not to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion.”
To stir an emotion in the viewer, I choose settings that are remote and enigmatic with little evidence of humanity and at times of day (twilight or dawn) when shadows are longest and color the richest.