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Winter 2014: Artwork

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Our Winter 2014 edition features four artists who are published by VoiceCatcher for the first time: Katie Todd, Sarah Fagan, Kendall Madden and our Featured Artist, Mary McCarty. Each artist is unique and has a distinctive style and creativity. Katie Todd uses color to draw the viewer into her imaginary horizons. Sarah Fagan combines two pieces of artwork into a single, symbiotic compilation of soothing images. Kendall Madden explores the third dimension with sculptures that invite viewers to share the essence of her creations. Mary McCarty pulls your gaze to individual blooms and leaves using color and texture, challenging you to pick a favorite from her memorable collection.

Rebecca Stuckman Vasquez
Guest Art Editor

Featured Art by Mary McCarty

VoiceCatcher is excited that our featured artist Mary McCarty was willing to share her botanical drawings with us. She works in graphite pencils “for the ability to express the delicate details and for its beautiful silvery sheen” and accents them “with color to draw the viewer closer, to reveal some of natures’ secrets.”

Mary explains, “I love nature when it overloads my senses with riotous colors, heady perfume and shows off with its fantastic shapes and sizes. Even more, I love the secrets that nature hides from the casual observer. There is a wondrous beauty in the special way some plants unfurl their leaves or have beautiful stamens dripping with nectar. I see how their stems hold the flower straight and tall or climb with tendrils wrapped around any nearby object. The details hold the secrets that create the many varieties surrounding us.”

Mary’s first consideration is “finding a plant that evokes a strong emotional response. I love to find interesting shapes and textures in the details. This gives me opportunity to develop a composition that will engage the viewer; to show the excitement and beauty I see in the changing textures from the roots to the blooms. Value is most important as it creates form and volume that changes a flat linear drawing to one that appears realistic. Value gives depth and can capture the curl of a leaf or unfolding of a flower. It brings life, details, so all can enjoy the individual traits of each botanical rendering.”

Mary is a member of Oregon Society of Artists, Oregon Woman’s Caucus of America and North Clackamas Art Guild, where she serves as volunteer and holds several offices. She has been juried into many art shows, placed in several galleries and will be published in Strokes of Genius in 2014. She also enjoys the pleasure of filling commission requests. Her work can be found in private collections in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Please visit The Art of Mary McCarty to view more of her work.

Enjoy a sampling of Mary McCarty's work in VoiceCatcher's Featured Artist Gallery:

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        After the Ice Storm
 by Linda Strever

        Waiting for a Diagnosis by Linda Strever

        Anticipation by Penelope Scambly Schott

        How to Survive the Loss of Your Best Friend by Diane Averill

        Current Conditions by Carol Ellis

        For a Hot Shot by Susan DeFreitas

        Focal Distance by Jenna Thompson

        Bridge by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg

        Motherhood by Elizabeth Stoessl

        Nice Girl Regrets by Pattie Palmer Baker

        Lost Child Lullabye by Tiah Lindner Rephael

        To Inhabit the Body by Willa Schneberg

        Love Letter by Annie Lightheart


        Like Water and Stones by B.E. Scully

        Messages by Mary Mandeville

        Fear Jars by Jessica Zisa

        Pie by Susan Lehman

        Confinement by Valerie Wagner


        Where the Buffalo and Unicorn Once Roamed by Katie Todd

        Midwestern Dreamin' by Katie Todd

        Monday's Child by Sarah Fagan

        Sweet Tea by Sarah Fagan

        The Daydream by Kendall Madden

        Beatrice by Kendall Madden


        Chinese Mangos by Sophia Mautz

        The Bridge by Kate LeBlanc

        Ephemeral by Jillian Briglia

        The River by Sheila Panyam

        Compost by Sophia Mautz