• Peggy Nichols

Artist's Post -- Mary Ancilla Martinez

"I am a New Mexican born artist who enjoys painting the misty and mystical, wild and free, ethereal places where unseen greets seen, where dark weaves light, and land meets sea and sky. I appreciate the exploration of dreams, mythology, archetypes, alchemy and metaphysics. I am deeply inspired by nature… secret whispers from the desert winds, the language of trees, the power and magnificence of animals, the dynamism of the elements, and the infinity of the stars and cosmos."

"My work is primarily figurative and narrative, created mainly in oils. My current focus examines personal sovereignty inspired by Greek, Celtic, Spanish, French, African and Indigenous mythology.

I strive for meaning and intention in each piece, and simultaneously enjoy the engagement found in pure process. I seek a feeling of transcendence in my paintings and desire for my work to touch the viewer with a sense of the divine."

"Metamorphosis"; oil on board; 36 x 24 inches

"Offering"; oil on board; 11 x 6.75 inches

"At present, I am creating a body of work highlighting the different energetic states of being, of a variety of sovereign goddesses found in mythology. I will be one of the artists participating in IX Gallery later this year. IX is a gallery that features contemporary imaginative realism artists. I am working on an oracle deck as well.

My work is currently being shown at the "Shelter "show at 33 Contemporary Gallery as well as the Hive Gallery."

"Medea"; oil on board; 20 x 10 inches

More of Mary's work can be seen on her website: