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Mary's art is heavily influenced by her spirituality. "Making art feels like I am co-creating with the One who made me...God created flowers, colors in the sky and creative people who make beautiful things to photograph. I feel a deep sense of purpose as well because I believe that every piece carries a spiritual element, whether it is decorative or speaks to something specific with text as texture." Mary likes to work in an abstract style, using elements of symbolism to portray her themes.

Her current art project "artreach" was inspired by her experience caring for her daughter, who had a rare illness called a Chiari Malformation, a painful condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. While visiting the hospitals during treatments, she connected with other families going through similarly difficult health issues, and began creating "everything from stuffed felt…

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  • Born on June 5
  • Joined May 21, 2006

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fiber, paint, paper, upcycled laminate

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About

Mary's art is heavily influenced by her spirituality. "Making art feels like I am co-creating with the One who made me...God created flowers, colors in the sky and creative people who make beautiful things to photograph. I feel a deep sense of purpose as well because I believe that every piece carries a spiritual element, whether it is decorative or speaks to something specific with text as texture." Mary likes to work in an abstract style, using elements of symbolism to portray her themes.

Her current art project "artreach" was inspired by her experience caring for her daughter, who had a rare illness called a Chiari Malformation, a painful condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. While visiting the hospitals during treatments, she connected with other families going through similarly difficult health issues, and began creating "everything from stuffed felt jellyfish to art prints to original paintings created specifically to bring encouragement to children & their families". Mary is also experiencing the journey of chronic pain, having Ankylosing Spondylitis & other diseases stemming from this autoimmune disorder. But so much good had been happening despite difficulty & art pours out as a result.
That momentum has continued, and the project is now receiving funds through a push button in the "giving" section at www.yakimafoursquarechurch.org under "heART prints".

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