MARY MARGARET MYERS

Mary Margaret Myers was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her formal art education began at the University
of Georgia, continued at Ohio State University and then the University of South Dakota; there, she earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting. After graduation, she moved to Charlotte and establisher her own studio. Myers concentrated on creating drawings, paintings, weavings, and fabric constructions under her married name, Bambi Walsh.
 
Her work was selected for regional and national exhibitions including group shows presented by The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC. Mary Margaret was also chosen toparticipate in two person shows presented by The SpringsTraveling Show and the NC Fiber Art and Fabric Design Show. Selected purchasers were Bank of America and The Charlotte Observer. She returned to painting after a hiatus of 25 years of family commitments, a career in counseling, and other creative pursuits.


Artist’s Statement:

 

Why I paint: I studied and performed music rather extensively in the early part of my life and loved doing so. When I stopped playing, the music was gone. Yes, I could start playing it all over again, but I decided that visual art was something that would stay in place after I stopped and it would not go away. I wanted then and now to make something worth returning to see many times. There are so many wonderful pictures on the internet and on television for only a second. If I am determined to make an image, I want it to be worth revisiting, to make discoveries, and indeed to find surprises.

 

I paint on paper with acrylics. I used to paint quite large on canvas; that was when I worked in a large studio. My space is different now; so, I paint in a way that makes the space and size work together. I love the white of the paper. I draw with tape some of the time. I have to cooperate with the paper, the paint, and the tape. Paintings never end the way they began, but they surprise me. They don’t have to be “right”. They just have to “sing”.

 

Important and recurring themes in my work are: Figure/ground relationships, fractals, and color puzzles.