Mary Ercoli Walsh
For many years Mary carried great guilt. She just couldn’t settle on a profession!
She went to school and studied anthropology, fashion design, merchandising as well as fine arts. After graduation she taught art classes, worked for her family’s art gallery and picture framing business, quilted, made mosaic furniture, revamped old furniture for an antiques dealer, as well as created a hand-crafted jewelry business. The jewelry business won out, as she was able to find a sales rep who sold her work to gift shops and artisan galleries throughout New England. Just as this was taking off so was her family. Two little ones made their way into the world and the 12 hour days of jewelry making faded into the sunset.
For anyone who has children, they know that child rearing IS THE MOST CREATIVE PART OF LIFE. But time has marched on and the little cherubs are now out of mom’s home studio and into their own school careers. With her new allotted time, more creative energy than you could shake a stick at, and a good decade of reflection, Mary blasted back into the creative scene -all guns blaring!
Her first celebration of this creative awakening was to challenge herself to a creative 365. For one year, Mary would create a work of art every single day and blog about the experience. You can find her writings at https://becreativemary.wordpress.com/ she accomplished this goal and fell in love with blogging in the process. Connecting with people about art and creativity has been a life changing event. “The 365 was a wonderful way to come out to the world as an artist” says Mary Walsh. “So many people knew I was creative, they knew I was a crafter, but they didn’t fully understand just how much the fine arts meant to me.” These days you can find Mary passionately painting. Her first focus was on realism through still lives. Currently she is taking print making and abstract intuitive art classes. We look forward to this next chapter. Now it had been mentioned that Artist Mary Ercoli Walsh couldn’t settle on a profession. This is true. To this day she is home decorating, hand-building pottery, jewelry designing as well as painting and print making. “The older I get, the more comfortable I become in knowing that I’ll never “know” what I’m going to be when I grow up! It is only occurring to me now in my 40’s that I don’t have to choose. I love learning. I love exploring. I love working with my hands and designing things. “As long as I get to use my gifts for those purposes then put down my profession as – All of the above!” So there you have it. Artist Mary Ercoli Walsh. Lover of all things colorful and creative. Not one to stick to any one artistic endeavor for very long – she’s too busy moving on to the next! Come along with her for the ride and see what amazing things she leaves in her creative wake!
Artists Note: June 2016
For the past three years I have focused on painting realism. Only in the last 6 months have I made the transition to abstract painting. I have been working using the methods of intuitive art painting.
This is the practice of showing up to your canvas without any preconceived notion and relying heavily on your 5 senses.
Smell: fresh air or incense to continue to stimulate through scent
Sound: Continuously varying music or observing silence purposefully
Sight: exploring color, line and texture
Touch: Closing one’s eyes or blindfolding, mark making and even finger painting to feel the materials
Taste: Let’s just say a lot of coffee!!!
The idea is to make painting a sensual experience. Focusing on your senses makes one incredibly present. When one enters the state of being fully present, one can shed the “thinking” mind and enter the “feeling” state of consciousness. In this state, things just appear on the canvas and you are along for the ride. Some things have very deep significance and other times they’re simply bizarre inner-workings. I have to say the process has been life changing. The not knowing brings a sense of calm and excitement simultaneously. I find myself extremely eager to see what will unfold, but just as content to paint without knowing. It is a journey to incorporate the zen state into my art practice. It really is like gaining access to another world.
Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can check out the rules here: http://gegallas.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/very-inspiring-blogger-award-february-2013/ Congratulations!! Best regards, G. E.
What a great project to take on! I bet you’ll be crazed at times, but it will so stimulate your ideas and your openness to the world all around you… Have a great time
Thank You Penny! I’m feeling crazier every day!
This is a great idea! Keep up the great work.
Mary, I’ve nominated you for a Bouquet of Awards at http://mamacormier.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/more-awards-thank-you/. If you choose to accept, feel free to cut and paste whatever you need from the post to make the process easier! If not, know that your blog is well appreciated and a source of inspiration to me. Carol
Congratulations and thank you Carol! I tried very hard to reciprocate those awards some time back. It’s way too complex for me! I spent hours and never finished. So how about I just say thank you for thinking of me!
Hi Mary! I like your work a lot, they got a Mexican and also a little Aboriginal exspression in them to me, the colour and balance is also very harmonic. Well done!
Thank you. I’m still trying everything to figure out what suits me best. All I know so far, is I love color! Thank you for taking the time to check in! -M
hi, creative Mary. here’s a little surprise for you http://kintal.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/because-youre-fantabulous-award-from-ajay/
Thank you that is awesome!
Mary, I am so enjoying your wonderful creative talent. I check in all the time. I will be sad when your 365 days are completed. Keep going girl! You are amazing!
I saw this at Martha Day’s office and absolutely LOVE it – is there anyplace I can purchase a copy? Thanks! https://becreativemary.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/289-ode-to-grandma-moses.jpg
That must mean she framed it. Yay! I could make a print for you. Do you want one the size of the original?thanks for looking me up!
Yes please – I would love one! Do you have an email address so I can give you my details in a more private forum? ;-) Thanks!
Mary- It’s Becca Paquette- are you selling any of your driftwood pieces?
I’d love to give one as a special gift.
yes. I plan on selling them on the beach in Narragansett this summer… In the next month or so I’ll be posting photos of finished pieces…give me a shout out if there is something specifically you like!