Fairy tales fascinate Mary Alayne Thomas. She creates modern day versions, capturing magical moments - both real and imagined. The wildlife, forests and dark beauty of her home in Portland, Oregon, and childhood memories of wandering the mesas in Santa Fe, New Mexico inspire Mary's work. Beginning with watercolor and India ink, she then coats her paintings with encaustic, sometimes layering media such as gold leaf and silkscreen images between the coats of wax. The addition of encaustic adds a sense of atmosphere and mystery to her ephemeral, luminous watercolor paintings.
"I see paintings from time to time that strike me so powerfully that I feel like I literally leave my own body, I go someplace else. As a painter I get the opportunity to try and offer that emotion to other people." ~ Mary Alayne Thomas, Portland OR