ICONS

Traditional portraiture takes on an ethereal interpretation with the incorporation of assorted media including plaster, collage, oil, acrylics, beeswax, metal leaf, gems, and glitter. Mary’s innovative technique produces a highly textured masterful portrait with surprising depth and luminescence.

“Earl and Sylvia” is a vivid tribute to a Minnesotan couple, Sylvia and Earl Seaton, depicted while entertaining in the prime of their lives. Read more

Hazel Sieve, featured at Hazel’s NE Restaurant. Owners named their establishment after their beloved grandmother.

Many of Mary’s works incorporate aspects of religious iconography, classical realism, and a unique style to create large-scale mixed media paintings Mary refers to as “Everyday Icons”. 

Pink Bow featured in Contemporary Art Curator Magazine

Published in Contemporary Art Curator Magazine 2021, and accepted into Juried Exhibition at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art 2021

These Icon portraits focus on a single character to capture fleeting moments of triumph, transition, struggle, and enlightenment. Her subjects tend toward the underrated, the undervalued, the unusual, and the disenfranchised.

Marilyn

Marilyn, Mixed Media, SOLD

Marilyn was the chameleon Norma Jeane’s greatest alter ego

Marilyn Rising, 48X36, Mixed Media,  Contact for pricing

She had a life of glitz and glamour, constantly idolized and adored by everyone who surrounded her

Marilyn in Prayer, Mixed Media, SOLD

Famous for her ‘dumb blonde’ persona, she was actually extremely intelligent, with an IQ of 168

Marilyn in Prayer, Mixed Media, SOLD

In time the actress grew to hate the dumb blonde image that she herself had developed

Ms. Mortenson was acutely aware of what a creation her alter ego was, and of the differences between her private self and the public woman she portrayed. She longed to be loved for herself, the real person but feared it was only the “other” that her admirers desired.  A dear friend once wrote that, after a lunch together, she went to the powder room and stayed so long that he went in to find her. When he discovered her in front of the mirror and asked what she’d been doing, she replied, “Looking at HER.” That friend, Truman Capote, knew her anguish well and understood the disconnect he witnessed between his sweet vulnerable friend and the “platinum sex explosion” she had become.

Famous for her ‘dumb blonde’ persona, she was actually extremely intelligent, with an IQ of 168. In time the actress grew to hate the dumb blonde image that she herself had developed.

In the last years of her life, the phenomena known to as Marilyn Monroe was seeing a psychoanalyst daily. Her untimely passing in 1962 remains a source of much debate but is generally considered to be death by HER own hand in the form of a barbiturate overdose.

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