Artist Statement

My goal as an artist is to create sensual, evocative, and expressive images that surpass the ordinary contextual confinement. It is my intention to illuminate conventional subject to extraordinary imaginary through unique perspective and composition. I feel most successful when the work reveals unexpected potentials.

I value the process of art making, and embrace the journey of letting go and risk taking to achieve the final result. For me the process is as important as the end result.

The tangible act of image making from observation to composition is my attempt to portray the sensuality of nature through the translation of colors, lines, organic shapes, and textures. With each deliberate treatment of the painting or print surface, my art pieces display the multitude layers of impasto that yield a fusion of texture and luminosity.

I continue to look to nature for inspiration, and measured efforts to transcend from its magnificence and beauty. The organic forms found in nature often juxtapose with some structural delineation depicted in my more personal works. It allows the introspective desire to search for the harmonious balance within the universe and our surrounding.

My recent works are in range of mixed media. In a recent exploration with intaglio printmaking, I’m gravitating toward its versatility to produce multiple facets of possibilities. I expect to integrate printmaking into the thematic series of street light I began years ago.

Artist Biography

Mary Lin Watanabe is an award winning artist and a long time San Fernando Valley resident. She has a B.F.A. from C.S.U.N. and did graduate studies with Bruce Everett. Her works combine expressionism and symbolism to create abstract images that convey strong statement about the nature and its universal balance.

Since 1990, Mary has painted a thematic series of street lights. These large scale paintings consisted of sensual images of translucent lights amidst the shadowy scenery. She also made numerous drawings and water color that transform the natural organic form to evocative abstract configuration. Her work has been exhibited in collective shows in Northridge, Burbank, and Chatsworth, and the Getty Underground Art.

She is an active docent at the Getty Center, where she participates in the weekly volunteer program in the Getty Education Department. The program is to benefit both primary and secondary students in the Los Angeles area to enhance their art appreciation.

She produces most of her works at her private studio in Porter Ranch, and joined Chatsworth Fine Art Council in 2014. Mary can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 818 428-9127.