Mixed Medium Natural Artist
Born in Leavenworth, Washington and raised at the foot of a mountain, in the countryside nearby. Mary’s childhood was full of stunning experiences in nature which were enhanced by her brother’s creative interpretations, and the introduction to the use of scissors by her two older sisters who shared with her their obsession and “high standards,” of cutting out paper dolls. Ever since she has had an undying love for both nature and paper cutting. Mary now lives in her beloved Methow Valley where she has had a family-built cabin for the past 40 years. She has been influenced and inspired by both beautiful places.
Mary is enamored with the magical qualities of paper. She started collaging valentines and bookmarks as a hobby, but was taken in by a Seattle area artist, Colleen Stone, who patiently taught her many of the mix media skills that she now uses in her own style of art. Together they went on to create and give workshops, using collage and painting for self-development.
Working with paper and paint, Mary Apffel captures her love of nature by using the connection between light, trees, rocks and other elements of landscapes in her most recent artwork.
This mixed media portrays her vision of an enchanted realism of nature through her use of colors, textures and shapes. She loves how each little scrap of paper or dab of paint helps her express her unique observations and interprets what she sees. Mary starts with an idea, but each piece takes its own direction as she connects it with her lifelong memories of the great outdoors, some that she has carried from her earliest years of growing up in the mountains. Mary has always honored what she sees and believes about nature and allows her art to bring them to life on wood block or canvas. She hopes her first show works as a reminder of how nature makes us feel when we are caught in the shivelight.