In her new Breathing Space series, contemporary painter Mary Tomas captures the subtle moments and spaces that occupy her day: quietude mixed with the staccatos of activity. The effect is a visual conversation, punctuated with the intrigue of line and form, light and shadow. Usually known for her ethereal images, in this body of work, Tomas explores a thicker paint modality as she weaves the story between two forces.
A longing for contemplative breathing space while balancing the active moments is what inspires her work.
“As I progress as a painter, I am drawn to a distillation of thought, using no point of reference other than what my mind conjures up. Increasingly aware of our age of information overload, I strive to provide less and less concrete information. I am interested, instead, in what is not being said, what’s in the background, and creating a place for silent reflection,” says Tomas.
Tomas’ work is collected locally, nationally and internationally. Corporate collectors include Omni Hotels, Paul and Judy Andrews Women’s Hospital, Watermark Hotel, and Tenasco Corporation, to name a few. In spired by the work of Gerhard Richter, Dorthea Tanning and the early Luminist painters, Tomas has been working in the fine art field since 1984. She is based in Dallas, Texas.