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Mary Alayne Thomas | Surrealist Fantasy painter





Raised by two full time artists in Santa Fe New Mexico, Mary Thomas has had a strong desire to create since childhood. Finding constant inspiration from her memories of New Mexico, as well as from the beauty of her current home in Portland Oregon, her paintings continually attempt to capture those magic ephemeral moments we all experience, both real and imagined.




Having painted all of her life, she was initially taken with a love for the luminosity and versatility of watercolor and has since progressed to work with encaustic. She best describes her work as "a delicacy and softness that emanates from the layering of art forms within the transparent surface".
Mary Alayne Thomas is fascinated with fairy tales. She creates her own modern day versions, capturing magical moments that we all experience, both real and imagined.
Initially taken with the luminosity and versatility of watercolor, Mary eventually began exploring and incorporating other media such as encaustic, gold leaf, india ink, pencil and silkscreen.
She coats her watercolor images in encaustic with other media layered in between, a technique she has been refining for the past ten years.
Encaustic adds a sense of atmosphere and mystery to her already ephemeral paintings. Mary’s imagination is fueled by her beautiful surroundings - from Sante Fe, NM to her current home in Portland, OR.





Mary Alayne Thomas: "I love creating! I have painted all my life, and grew up totally ensconced in art. My parents are both artists, who raised me in a little, pink, haunted adobe house in Santa Fe New Mexico.When I wan't chasing lizards through the high desert landscape, I spent my childhood in my father's vegetable garden, tangling up my mother's loom, and making clay animals and dolls in my father's pottery studio. 
I was initially taken with a love for the luminosity and versatility of watercolor. I have since gone on to work with encaustic, resin, silkscreen, gold leaf, India ink, colored pencil and tin. My artwork begins as a watercolor, which is then coated with encaustic (beeswax combined with resin).The other media are then layered between the wax washes. 
There is a delicacy and softness that emanates from the layering of art forms within the transparent surface.The result is an unusual depth, a three-dimensional artwork with an emphasis on unique stylized patterns, shapes and textures. I continually attempt to capture those magic ephemeral moments we all experience, both real and imagined".






























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