About Mary Anne Shafer:
Drawing and painting provide me with a sense of peace. I am inspired to do this work through memories of my father’s love for drawing and woodworking and the time he spent teaching me to carefully observe and appreciate life’s simplest times.
My choice of subject matter often happens unexpectedly, such as when I see an object which reminds me of a long forgotten, but meaningful, moment. I choose a particular medium – charcoal, pastel, or oil – to capture the feel of the memory. A touch of humor, sprinkled here and there when appropriate, adds another dimension to a number of my works. I would like my pieces to spark a pleasant memory in the minds of viewers and to encourage them to realize the beauty found in ordinary objects and daily activities.