Mary Messick and Marilyn Greco: Inspired by Nature

Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton (20 West St, Northampton MA 01060)


Prints (monoprints, etchings, collagraphs)

My leaf prints are part of a larger body of visual works titled “In the Garden of Eden.” For me, leaves are symbols of the extraordinary natural paradise we inhabit. As a printmaker I am especially interested in color, line, and texture and how they are present in nature. By manipulating these elements, I strive to express my inner experience of being alive. I also write poetry. I have incorporated lines from a series of poems I wrote during the pandemic in the “Spiked Virus Diary” collages.

Watercolor paintings

Whether working with a paintbrush or through a photographic lens, I am most inspired by nature as the subject of my creative process. I explore landscapes, seascapes, flowers, wildlife, and buildings in natural settings. I find that creating the images of nature on paper in my studio evokes within me the same peace and reflection that I feel when I am present in the natural world. Making art is my way of paying tribute to the wonder of my natural surroundings.