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Meet the Artist

Bi-monthly, we feature a different artist or group of artists on the Gallery Wall on the 2nd floor of the library. Please contact the Adult Department Programming Librarian with questions about this program.

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Mary Ann Asan

What is your connection to Glen Ellyn?

I am a resident of Glen Ellyn for 35 years.

What is the title or theme of the collection?

Nature on Canvas

Briefly describe the collection.

This collection depicts the beautiful spaces in this country. Whether nearby at the Morton Arboretum, up in Wisconsin or in southern Illinois, Arizona or areas further away, the landscape offers an abundance of nature and trees, animals, and birds to capture on canvas or paper.

What was your inspiration for the collection?

The beauty of this country.

What type of media is used in the collection?

Watercolor and Acrylic

Do you work with other types of media?

I use pastels and oil paints as well.

What inspired you to become an artist?

Early in my youth I enjoyed painting and creating, mostly spending time drawing and painting.

What is your artistic (or professional) background?

I spent several years in art studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Academy of Art, and College of DuPage. Most recently I have taken additional classes at the DuPage Art League in order to work with other artists and teachers.

How did you reach the current point of your career?

While I never made a career of art in my youth, the opportunity to once again realize my dream became available. I discovered my art again after 30 years in the mortgage industry and a bout with cancer. I found it to be my outlet, my calming place. Taking additional classes and realizing that there was a desire and talent to nurture once again, I began to paint and create most every day.

How has art influenced your life?

I have always been observant of color and shape, light and shadow. Being able to depict those things on paper or canvas, brings joy to me and brings a part of me to life.

What do you like most about being an artist?

The process for me is fun. Taking an inspiration and planning it out on a canvas, determining the colors to use, making sure it shows the mood I want to depict is very satisfying.

What is your main challenge in producing art?

Finding the time to paint all of the beautiful scenes I have discovered in travels and in the lovely surroundings we have here in DuPage County.

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