Maery Lanahan

Maery Lanahan

Maëry was born and raised in the Midwest. She received her Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University in 2000.  She has exhibited in Ohio and Washington and has artwork in many private collections across the U.S. She now lives and works locally in Shoreline, Washington with her husband and 3 children.

Artist Statement:

There are so many hidden things going on in everyday life.  So many bits of beauty that go unnoticed, so many words left unsaid.  I am compelled to make art that illustrates life beyond the surface. 

What does a promise look like? How about a conversation between two people that lasts a lifetime? I try to feel these types of concepts on a cellular level, take them inside and make art about them. 

I use nonrepresentational color and form to illustrate emotions, archetypes, psychological exchanges, or other such things that are not otherwise visible to us. Because I choose when to show gravity, perspective, color and light, I am able to emote through them. I glaze thin layers of oil paint to create rich and luminescent shapes that interrelate based on the concept I have in mind for the piece.

It is my goal, as an artist, to propose these conceptual paintings as authentically as I can.  I am always excited to hear how the viewers see it.  In some ways it is like cloud watching, we tend to see in the clouds what is already within us. In this way, my art is about discovery.