As a psychologist, my work is often inspired by themes of struggle, personal growth, and transformation. I'm especially responsive to the life stories and works of women painters, poets, and writers--as well as other disenfranchised artists.

Mary Bast        Fine Art

Until 2014 I painted representational art with oils. Since then, I've been experimenting with acrylics, abstracts, and mixed media.

I've studied with Lissa Friedman and attended workshops with Linda Blondheim, Vicki Damon Johnson, Richard Lundgren, Annie Pais, Linda Pence, Jane Slivka, Sherry O'Neill, and Nika Zackharov, plus online learning from Hiroshi Matsumoto, Jane Davies, and others.

I'm also a poet, writer, and editor of Bacopa Literary Review

For the current work, I use various sources, some from Jane Davies' collage papers, some printed from my own/others' artwork, then cut in various shapes. Many are tributes to historically underappreciated artists and several were inspired by poems I admire.

When I have a pile of shapes, I put on disposable gloves and get down on the floor with a canvas, a big jug of M. Graham Acrylic Gloss Medium and Varnish, a brush, and just let things happen. Once the canvas is covered and I like the placement of colors/shapes, I let it dry, then draw lines, circles, outlines with a fine point Sharpie (usually black).