Mary Kay Neumann
Mary Kay Neumann
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
Signed lower right
12 x 16 inches
Like many talented artists, Mary Kay Neumann started creating works of art at an early age. Her natural proclivities towards art-making turned into a passion shortly after she discovered the work of Vincent Van Gogh.
Neumann has visited museums throughout the world in order to carefully examine the paintings and drawings of Van Gogh up close and in person. So in many respects, her art education has been more about the intensive study of Van Gogh’s paintings, drawings, and writings than any actual course work.
Although there has been plenty of course work and training as well. She has taken art classes at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and at Central Michigan University. She has also attended numerous art workshops and has taken private art instruction.
Mary Kay Neumann took up watercolor painting in 1992 after discovering the floral watercolors of the German Expressionist artist Emil Nolde. It was a profound revelation for her to see how another artist could achieve such powerful effects with the watercolor medium. She decided then that her goal as an artist would be “to create watercolors that were as full of emotion and deeply saturated in color as Van Gogh and Nolde.”
Just as Van Gogh’s work is fundamentally about the expression of eternal truths and spiritual gnosis, Mary Kay Neumann’s work is suffused with spiritual impulses. She has written that:
Art is the physical materialization of spirit. It comes into the artist and is manifested into a painting, a sculpture, a lesson plan, a novel. When we experience another’s creation that was spiritually inspired, we, too, are touched by spirit. Whether making art or viewing art, it is a refuge from ordinary, non-spiritual states of mind.
Neumann believes wholeheartedly that, in the words of the poet Matthew Arnold, “art still has truth, (so) take refuge there.”
I am fascinated by the findings of neuroscience on the importance of activating the right hemisphere of our brains where we can experience deep inner peace, creativity, spirituality. One way we can activate our right brain is by making or viewing art. This speaks to my assertion that art is healing and is a refuge from life’s hardships.
Since 2005, Neumann has participated in a large number of solo exhibitions and group exhibitions throughout the United States, from New York to California. Her work can be found in a considerable number of corporate and private collections in the United States and Mexico.