Mary Twomey

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My work explores various themes in life (both physical and spiritual) through the use of color, texture, symbols, words and collage material.  I start working with a vague idea or concept and as I manipulate materials an idea takes shape and form.  I often incorporate both realistic and abstract imagery in my work.  I work fast and enjoy expressing movement, motion and energy.  Monotype is a medium I seem to gravitate to.  Using ink and paint on a plastic plate allows for experimentation and chance discovery.  I sometimes add collage elements or chine-colle' which creates a multi-layered effect.  The printing  plate is run through an etching press and the ink and paint is transferred to paper.  This resulting image may be further developed with drawing materials or paint to complete the idea.  I also work with solarplate etchings, linoleum block prints, silk aquatint and mixed media.

I have been creating and exhibiting art for over 35 years.  My work has been shown in many juried and group shows throughout Long Island and also in New York City and Boston.  I received a B.S. in art education from Daemen College in Buffalo, New York and was an art teacher for 34 years in the New York State public school system.

Graduate art studies include L.I.U. at Southampton and C.W. Post; the Art Barge in Amagansett, N.Y.; Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont; the Art Students League, N.Y.C., N.Y.; the Santa Reparata School of Art, Florence, Italy; printmaking workshops in Corsica, France and watercolor workshops in Itlay.  I currently live and work in Greenport, New York.

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