Mary-Jean Butler is a West Vancouver, BC artist. Her oil paintings reflect the rugged landscape of British Columbia’s mountains and coastline. Her education in both fine art and graphic design play a strong role in the stylization of her work. Her artist studio is situated amongst the trees, cliffs and water shown in the landscapes she paints.
For all its physical suggestion of permanence, the landscape is susceptible to constant change. It’s the exploration of the seemingly endless variations that can occur within the years, days or even moments that I find fascinating.
The current focus of my work is the exploration of looking inward when interpreting the landscape, the opposition of different forms, lines and colour to intensify each element’s dynamic properties. The study of contrasts between massive trunks juxtaposing the most delicate of foliage, the blackness of a heavy handed shadow intensified by playful strokes of light. My objective is to shift the focus from the broader landscape, and explore the many subtleties that arise within small croppings, details, shifts between light and seasonal changes.
Exhibitions at The Avenue Gallery:
2016, May – Hospice Fundraiser Exhibition “A Little Something…”
2015, May – Hospice Fundraiser Exhibition “A Little Something…”
2015, October – Group Exhibition “Coastal Inspirations”
2014, December – Group Exhibition “Celebrating Small”
2013, December – Group Exhibition “Celebrating Small”