Mary Bast Fine Art

As a psychologist, author of poetry/memoir, mentor to writers, and editor of Bacopa Literary Review, my work is often inspired by themes of struggle, personal growth, and transformation. "Reiki Meditation" captures the quality of presence I think is vital to self-awareness and creativity. And I'm especially responsive to the life stories and works of women artists, poets, and writers. One example is "Realigning the Cosmos," inspired by poet Fatimah Asghar's "Pluto Shits on the Universe."

Most of my life, my creative side had been expressed solely in writing. Then I became friends with artist Lissa Friedman and took a class with her, hoping the experience would help me better appreciate fine art. No one was more surprised than I was to find I had some talent for painting.

Since then I've been in workshops with Linda Blondheim, Richard Lundgren, Annie Pais, Linda Pence, Jane Slivka, Sherry O'Neill, and Nika Zackharov. Until 2014 I painted representational art with oils, but the past few years I've been experimenting with acrylics, abstracts, and mixed media. Camellia II, above, and the "Lady Ruth Ritter" camellia painting are examples of my recent expressionist style, based on a flower my brother propagated and named in honor of my mother. These recent paintings express my wish to create a Rorschach effect: as in different interpretations of the famous ink blots, I want to elicit emotional responses to my work that are different for each viewer.