Introduction to Our Contributors’ Art
Our Winter 2014 edition features four artists who are published by VoiceCatcher for the first time: Katie Todd, Sarah Fagan, Kendall Madden and our Featured Artist, Mary McCarty.
Each artist is unique and has a distinctive style and creativity. Katie Todd uses color to draw the viewer into her imaginary horizons. Sarah Fagan combines two pieces of artwork into a single, symbiotic compilation of soothing images. Kendall Madden explores the third dimension with sculptures that invite viewers to share the essence of her creations. Mary McCarty pulls your gaze to individual blooms and leaves using color and texture, challenging you to pick a favorite from her memorable collection.
Featured Art by Mary McCarty
VoiceCatcher is excited that our featured artist Mary McCarty was willing to share her botanical drawings with us. She works in graphite pencils “for the ability to express the delicate details and for its beautiful silvery sheen” and accents them “with color to draw the viewer closer, to reveal some of natures’ secrets.”
Mary explains, “I love nature when it overloads my senses with riotous colors, heady perfume and shows off with its fantastic shapes and sizes. Even more, I love the secrets that nature hides from the casual observer. There is a wondrous beauty in the special way some plants unfurl their leaves or have beautiful stamens dripping with nectar. I see how their stems hold the flower straight and tall or climb with tendrils wrapped around any nearby object. The details hold the secrets that create the many varieties surrounding us.”
Mary’s first consideration is “finding a plant that evokes a strong emotional response. I love to find interesting shapes and textures in the details. This gives me opportunity to develop a composition that will engage the viewer; to show the excitement and beauty I see in the changing textures from the roots to the blooms. Value is most important as it creates form and volume that changes a flat linear drawing to one that appears realistic. Value gives depth and can capture the curl of a leaf or unfolding of a flower. It brings life, details, so all can enjoy the individual traits of each botanical rendering.”
Mary is a member of Oregon Society of Artists, Oregon Woman’s Caucus of America and North Clackamas Art Guild, where she serves as volunteer and holds several offices. She has been juried into many art shows, placed in several galleries and will be published in Strokes of Genius in 2014. She also enjoys the pleasure of filling commission requests. Her work can be found in private collections in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Please visit The Art of Mary McCarty to view more of her work.
Rebecca Stuckman Vasquez
Guest Art Editor