Mari Hall

Mari Hall, Artist : Electricmoonbaby.com

The art of Mari Hall is African American Folk Art 2020, developing her own style of painting over a span of 40 years. Her style is colorful, fauvist, playful, dynamic.

Mari Hall is a self-taught artist who studied many different artists and their styles of painting. She is a part of a larger group of black visual artists who challenge the standards for modern art. Her art is folk art in nature, although she studied many other traditional artists' works.

Mari Hall lives in the Antelope Valley which is nestled in the heart of the Mojave Desert in Southern California. She is at the far edge of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Mojave Desert. Perhaps her art could be considered "outsider art", as she tackles other topics that are of interest to her, such as modern technology and our collective aspirations for space travel.
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Oil Paintings by Mari Hall, Artist

Original oil paintings by artist, Mari Hall. Small sized paintings with a colorful, California sun palette.

Aro Syren Vision “Aro Syren Vision”

2020 will be known for many things, but perhaps, the COVID 19 pandemic will be the most notable event. The fear, the uncertainty, the sorrow, touched everyone's heart. Several of my paintings that were done during this time, have the pandemic as the theme of the painting.

"Aro Syren Vision" was painted during the spring of the COVID 19 pandemic. It was a time of great apprehension and fear, for my own personal safety, and great concern for the safety of friends and loved ones. "Aro Syren Vision" has my own vision of the pandemic disease, crowding into the Aro Syrens, covering their presence with ideas of malaise, fear, limitation, extinction.

I use an alternate spelling, preferring Syren to Siren, to modernize the word for my own purposes. The idea of Syrens in my paintings, was drawn from Greek mythology which was one of my favorite book topics to read as a young person. The ideas in Greek mythology are timeless and very visual.

Syren Song of Xenix “Syren Song of Xenix”

2020 will be known for many things, but perhaps, the COVID 19 pandemic will be the most notable event. The fear, the uncertainty, the sorrow, touched everyone's heart. Several of my paintings that were done during this time, have the pandemic as the theme of the painting.

"Syren Song of Xenix" was painted during the summer of the COVID 19 pandemic. It was hard to watch the news anymore. So much anxiety, so much worry but also so many ideas that conflicted with each other. The Syrens do not tell the same tale. This one sees, but cannot talk. This one talks but cannot see. That is how it seemed to me, so when I painted this piece, I made the syrens different. They are decorative, attractive in many ways, but I made their faces different. One has eyes but no mouth. The other one has a mouth but no eyes. Their song sometimes seems like a fable more than truth. Can they be trusted? Can one truly trust a syren?

I use an alternate spelling, preferring Syren to Siren, to modernize the word for my own purposes. The idea of Syrens in my paintings, was drawn from Greek mythology which was one of my favorite book topics to read as a young person. The ideas in Greek mythology are timeless and very visual.

Eyelash Concerto in Violin Purple “Eyelash Concerto in Violin Purple”

2020 will be known for many things, but perhaps, the COVID 19 pandemic will be the most notable event. The fear, the uncertainty, the sorrow, touched everyone's heart. Several of my paintings that were done during this time, have the pandemic as the theme of the painting.

"Eyelash Concerto in Violin Purple" was painted during the late summer of the COVID 19 pandemic. By the time I was beginning this painting, the fires in California had consumed hundreds of thousands of acres. The fires raged up and down the state. It was unbelievable, yet another fear and worry, along with the COVID 19 pandemic problems. The fire came to the southern part of the valley where I live. I kept my eyes on the fire maps, just in case I might need to prepare to evacuate. I watched the news, tracking where the winds were blowing, in which direction. The fire did not come into the valley but stayed in the foothills and mountain areas. The air smelled like camp fires and burn. The air was leaden grey with smoke and ash. There were a few days where there was literally no blue sky, just brown grey sticky ugly muck. My eyes were stinging constantly. I put on my favorite Mozart CD, and just painted. I could not take my eyes away from the grey brown ugly mess, so that ended up in my painting, with a deep red orange tangled sun off in the distance. Mozart kept me happy and structured in my head about the disasters engulfing the State of California. I am still waiting for our first rain to arrive. It has been several months since our last rain. I will celebrate the first rain with a hot cup of tea and more Mozart!

Butterfly Sonata Syren “Butterfly Sonata Syren”

2020 will be known for many things, but perhaps, the COVID 19 pandemic will be the most notable event. The fear, the uncertainty, the sorrow, touched everyone's heart. Several of my paintings that were done during this time, have the pandemic as the theme of the painting.

"Butterfly Sonata Syren" was painted during the summer of the COVID 19 pandemic. As the pandemic raged on, as the economic fallout collapsed businesses and lives, it was a sweetness to watch a few butterflies visit my balcony in the middle of summer. It was a joyful moment, pure delight, to see them -- as they are somewhat rare in this area. It was a touch of heaven, like rainbow clouds that come in the monsoonal summers, or the brilliantly white clouds that grace the skies in the springtime. It was a symbol of hope, and relief from months of dismal news and anxiety. The butterflies have a syren shadow that peers dimly out at us, as we face long range challenges to save our environment from overwhelming pollution.

I use an alternate spelling, preferring Syren to Siren, to modernize the word for my own purposes. The idea of Syrens in my paintings, was drawn from Greek mythology which was one of my favorite book topics to read as a young person. The ideas in Greek mythology are timeless and very visual.

Digital Creations by Mari Hall

Journeys with Art - Mari Hall's exploration to abstract places, foreign ideas, different tools. That is how Mari Hall describes her beginnings with digital art.

As a self-taught painter, I did not shy away from trying different media, oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, drawings, the traditional medias. Venturing into digital art was entirely different for me. Most of my experience with computers was with work, not art, so my starting point was more "corporate" rather than fine art. I did see a lot of potential after learning a few different softwares, wanting to explore to see just what I would develop after gaining familiarity with my new skills. I am not a photographer. I have no affinity with photography so I did not try to develop in that direction, although I have seen how it has great potential. I love painting. I love the sticky gooey part of painting, the smears, the mediums, the mess. So I did not gravitate to digital painting, although I have seen it used with great effect. Instead, I used the value of line and composition as my point of departure for exploring yet another medium. I have been painting much longer than I have been exploring with the digital medium. My mature painting style was developed after diving into many other styles of painting. I have yet to settle on a style with digital art, although I do repeat certain ways of presenting an art subject. So much of digital art depends on the software that is being used, and that sometimes is a limitation, especially if the software is no longer available. I do find digital liberating in that I am more comfortable exploring other subjects, ideas I would shy away from using oil paint. I have been working with digital art since 2000.

Winters of Mental “Winters of Mental”

"Winters of Mental" is a loosely held memory of traveling from the East Coast to California by train. I have a picture in my mind, of traveling through Arizona, hazy at best, but very nostalgic. I wish we had taken photographs. I was very young at the time.

Soft Crossing Over “Soft Crossing Over”

"Soft Crossing Over" is a one of a kind composition, using fields of gradients to create a mutable space that flexs and folds, capturing the eye and then dropping it softly on the delicate cross that is fixed off center in the composition. The two spheres elongate the cross, adding another element of balance. This is one of Mari Hall's favorite art pieces. It is strikingly simple, intensely beautiful.

My Vacation in April “My Vacation in April”

"My Vacation in April" has a touch of humor, remembering my rather chaotic progress while preparing to travel abroad. I packed too many items, forgot ones that I had meant to pack, as I went flying out the door to the airport to travel to Italy.

A Heart Centered Life “A Heart Centered Life”

"A Heart Centered Life" is exactly what the title indicates, living life with a joyful and positive heart. It is about companionship, stewardship, caring, loving, exchanging, being. It radiates outward, as a blessing towards others. It is a blessing inward to be able to live a heart centered life.