Mary Pratt
Buford, Georgia

Mary Pratt, a Georgia-based artist, is known for her impressionistic yet modern oil paintings that capture the world with a jovial poise. Her soft, ethereal palette is complemented by the occasional bright pop of color. The artist’s aesthetic choices are intuitive rather than premeditated. Through her gestural brushstrokes, Mary’s paintings summon a joyful, even childlike, emotional response. Her style is nuanced by a range of inspirations, including scenery from the state of Georgia. The personal edge that Mary brings to each painting alters and enhances recognizable subject matter, cultivating an imaginative visual experience.

Artist and Customer Comments

Mary Pratt 5/8/2017 | 2:42 PM

Karen, Your emails always brighten my day!!! I will start packing Angelic and ship soon! I look forward to seeing the photographs of the work in your space. As always, I am honored to be a part of your new home! Best Wishes Karen!! Mary

K Julian 5/8/2017 | 2:22 PM

What great news. I sent Samantha my new address, so it will be shipped there. All the pieces of art I have purchased from you are in place with the exception of Flamingo Cha Cha which is doing temporary duty in my sitting room until an original oil I bought 5 months ago arrives. It's a huge piece and has somehow been stuck in a port on the West Coast and won't arrive until June. Flamingo Cha Cha will then move to the space I originally purchased it for. My sitting room is the first room you see when you enter the house so I thought I'd put Cha Cha there for a while because it's so cheerful. It's not hung at the correct height for this room but I enjoy seeing it just the same. I'll take some photos of the others for you and Samantha to see as soon as I can. Can't wait to receive Angelic. I like that the background to her is such an interesting departure from your previous Geishas. It's a truly unique piece and I've been showing her off on my Ipad in anticipation of receiving her. Thank you for creating such a beautiful custom piece for my new home. Karen

Mary Pratt 5/6/2017 | 9:17 AM

Hi Karen! Your painting "Angelic" is dry. I am thinking I can ship her on Monday. Let me know if that interferes with your move. Best to you!!! Mary

Mary Pratt 4/7/2017 | 8:36 PM

Thank you Karen!!!!!!

Mary Pratt 4/6/2017 | 11:17 PM

No worries Karen. Moving is a busy time. I'm hoping I will see photos of your home when it's put together and you've settled in! Happy you love the colors in "Egret"! Best to you; safe moving! Mary

K Julian 4/6/2017 | 11:06 PM

Mary, sorry I haven't written before to let you know I received Egret with the speed of light. I couldn't believe it arrived so quickly. Love the colors. Scheduled to close on April 20th and move in April 25th. Can't wait to see all your beautiful art on my walls. Karen

Mary Pratt 3/29/2017 | 6:02 PM

Ahhhhh Karen!!! Today I mailed Egret so you should be receiving the box soon! I am so excited and grateful for your support. We have the geisha obsession in common. I have loved the geisha since I was a little girl. Traveled with the girlscouts on a train to NYC and bought a geisha doll at The United Nations Building. I guess I was six. Thank you from my heart!!!!!Your new geisha is on the easel!

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K Julian purchased this artwork. 3/29/2017 | 3:00 PM

Mary, I recently received Flamingo Cha Cha and Water Baby 2. Absolutely love them both as I had no doubt I would. When I first started purchasing your work, it was very reassuring to find that your art looks exactly the same in person as it does on U Gallery's website. The colors are very true. Of course, now that I own so many of your pieces, I don't need that reassurance. As you know I just purchased Egret and can't wait for it to arrive. And thank you for the "tease" of the Geisha piece I've commissioned you to do. As we've discussed, I'm somewhat obsessed with Geishas and I know I will be thrilled with the end result. All my best, Karen

Mary Pratt 3/14/2017 | 10:43 AM

Karen, Thanks so much!!!!! I think I accidentally wrote thanks to myself! Hope you receive this heartfelt message!!! Mary

Mary Pratt 3/14/2017 | 10:41 AM

Karen, Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mary

Mary Pratt 3/7/2017 | 10:09 PM

Karen, It was so nice to finally meet you today! I loved your ideas and I will brainstorm recalling those ideas! In the next few days I will also compile some biographical information regarding me and mail to you!! Best to you!! Mary

Mary Pratt 2/25/2017 | 12:13 PM

Karen, I'm excited about your new home and very happy "Flamingo Cha Cha" will be a focal point. I've just joined a book club. Book lovers are usually art lovers!! I have the photos you sent ready to chat about during our conference call! I am brainstorming about the upcoming piece! Best to you! Mary

K Julian 2/24/2017 | 4:20 PM

Mary, Flamingo Cha Cha will hang in a very large art niche on the first floor of my new house that is situated such that I will pass by it many, many times a day. It's such a colorful and happy piece. I'm hosting my book club not too long after I move in and look forward to them being able to view all the beautiful pieces I have purchased from you. Karen

Mary Pratt 2/22/2017 | 11:03 PM

Karen, Let Samantha know where you want the piece shipped. Sam will generate the shipping label!

Mary Pratt 2/22/2017 | 11:01 PM

OK Karen!! I'll await your instruction!!

K Julian 2/22/2017 | 11:00 PM

Hi Mary. I just this minute purchased Flamingo Cha Cha. I'm like a giddy school girl! I've been watching this a long time. Please don't ship until we talk so I can tell you for sure what address I want it shipped to. Smiling!! Karen

Mary Pratt 2/22/2017 | 11:00 PM

Hi Karen! I feel happy!! Thanks, your patronage is greatly appreciated!! I wonder where "Pink Flamingo" will hang?!

K Julian 2/22/2017 | 10:56 PM

Hi Mary,

Mary Pratt 1/23/2017 | 9:53 PM

Karen, Today I mailed the certificate of authenticity for "Geisha Light". After researching oil paintings placed in bathrooms, I also added that information. Best, Mary

Mary Pratt 1/22/2017 | 3:52 AM

Hi Karen, So sorry I missed placing the certificate of authenticity in the box, however I am very happy you love the work. On Monday I will mail the certificate of authenticity and my recommendations regarding oil paintings hanging in a bathroom. I've had an oil painting in my bathroom for years and see no ill effects. I will send whatever information I can find with the certificate . I am truly honored my work pleases you! With Best Regards, Mary

K Julian 1/21/2017 | 5:09 PM

Mary, I wanted to let you know that Purple Vase and Geisha Light arrived safely today. The shipping packaging is top notch and necessary. After staring at small "on-line" versions of these paintings, it's thrilling to see them full size, in person in all their glory. After endlessly searching for pieces of art that speak to me, I'm a little embarrassed by how besotted I have become with your work. A friend was present when I unpacked Geisha Light. She said the smile that appeared on my face when I saw it touched her. I can't wait for my new home to be completed. I know exactly where each of your pieces will be hung. I did not find a certificate of authenticity with Geisha Light. Would you mind mailing one to me? I have a niche wall directly behind my soaker tub in my very large bathroom. I need to place a 30 x 60 or slightly smaller piece of art there with colors that will transition well with Geisha in White along with a hint of the beige/camel/greige colors from purple vase. Once I realized it would be awkward/unattractive to leave this large niche blank, I soon became aware that not all subject matter belongs in a bathroom setting. It also caused me to read a great deal about putting oil paintings in bathrooms even if you are religious about running vents. Some comments I read said it would be almost sacrilege to put an artists work in a bathroom. Others swear they have had oils in their bathroom for years with no apparent ill effects. I'm not looking for nor worried about guarantees, but I wondered if you have any advice/thoughts about oil paintings in large bathrooms you would include in the envelope you mail the certificate of authenticity in. I will certainly understand if you choose not to. Thank you for my beautiful paintings. Karen

Mary Pratt 1/13/2017 | 5:54 PM

Hi Karen, I am without words which for me is unusual. Your appreciation for my work is so appreciated. For an artist, three paintings sent to the same patron is akin to being on "cloud nine". Best of luck in your new home. It is my honor to have my work grace your walls!!! Kindly, Mary

K Julian 1/13/2017 | 5:16 PM

Hello Mary. I recently received Geisha in White and am thrilled that in person it is exactly what I expected. I'm building a new house and this will be beautiful in my master bedroom. I love the serenity the piece exudes. Now that I have my first piece of yours in my hands, I just this minute completed another transaction with U Gallery purchasing your "Purple Vase" and "Geisha Light". Your beautiful pieces will be showcased in my new home and I know I and others will enjoy them for years to come. I have a fabulous designer who was not aware of your work. I ran the pieces I picked of yours by her (not that it would have mattered what she said... because I was smitten by them) and she fell in love with your work as well. I'm sure she will be showing your work to clients in the future. I feel I have a good eye but since my ability to draw/paint is at the stick figure level, I am in awe of your talent. Thank you and I will continue to watch your work with great interest. Karen

Mary Pratt 11/13/2016 | 11:08 AM

Ugallery is offering a flash sale of 20% off entire site 'til Tuesday. Enter FLASH20 at checkout!!Thanks Ugallery!!

Mary Pratt 11/12/2016 | 4:09 PM

Ohhh Michelle..Thanks so much!! This is when I wish I could have tea with the client. Your kind words mean so much to me!I appreciate your feedback!! Mary

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M Korn 11/12/2016 | 3:33 PM

Hi Mary, We just purchased "light field" and could not be happier! Such a beautiful painting and looks so great on our wall. I'm looking at your other works now to add to our collection. Best, Michelle

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M Korn 11/12/2016 | 3:33 PM

Hi Mary, We just purchased "light field" and could not be happier! Such a beautiful painting and looks so great on our wall. I'm looking at your other works now to add to our collection. Best, Michelle

Mary Pratt 9/15/2016 | 2:41 PM

Hi M Reed, Thanks for the comments about my work. I glad you were able to read the AJC article. I appreciate your interest. Ugallery is having a sale right now!!

M Reed 9/15/2016 | 2:34 PM

Mary, love your palette. Harlequin is one of my favorites.

M Reed 9/15/2016 | 2:33 PM

Just left a comment, but wanted to say that I saw an article about you in the AJC newspaper in Atlanta, Ga.

Mary Pratt 9/13/2016 | 8:27 AM

Ugallery has a $1000.00 off today. This discount would be applied to "Flamingo Cha Cha"! Thanks to all of my patrons!

Mary Pratt 9/12/2016 | 12:34 PM

"Flamingo Cha Cha" is a happy painting!! Thanks so much D Autenrieth!!! I've contacted Ugallery"s manager about offering a discount. She will be in touch soon!! Maybe soon it will grace your walls and I will be honored!! Best, mary

commentsFlamingo Cha Cha
D Autenrieth 9/12/2016 | 11:48 AM

I agree a bit out of my price range, but a discount would be good;-)

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D Autenrieth 9/12/2016 | 11:47 AM

The Flamingo Cha-Cha is spectacular!

Mary Pratt 7/26/2016 | 2:11 PM

Hi C. Upchurch! One of my favorite professors in college was Dr. Upchurch in Gainesville...any relation to you?! It made my day that you love Flamingo Cha Cha. Samantha, the gallery manager, is going to contact you regarding the painting. In the meantime, I'll be thinking of a similar piece. Stay tuned!!! Best to you!!

commentsFlamingo Cha Cha
C Uphurch 7/26/2016 | 1:13 PM

Mary. I am in love with Flamingo Cha Cha. It is just out of my reach pricewise :-( Any similar paintings you could recommend? Connie

Mary Pratt 4/18/2016 | 10:43 AM

Thanks Elaina!

Mary Pratt 4/17/2016 | 6:10 PM

Elaina, I just returned home from Florida painting excursion. I noticed Ugallery is offering 20% off sale. Thought that could help with your decision!

Mary Pratt 4/14/2016 | 9:49 PM

Hi Elaina, Forgive me for not responding to your wonderful post. I left to paint in Florida on April 4 and I must have missed your entry!!!!You are so kind; I appreciate your patronage and yes, have some more wine, ha!!!!!

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E Vayntrub 4/3/2016 | 3:17 PM

I am seriously eyeing the Geisha Trio. I already own "snowbirds" and "valentine" and after a few glasses of wine, am hoping to add the Trio to my collection. It is absolutely stunning and my favorite work of yours so far.....I better get to that wine before someone else snatches that painting. :-)

Mary Pratt 3/20/2016 | 2:03 PM

Thanks S Patt!!

S Patt 3/20/2016 | 2:00 PM


Mary Pratt 11/14/2015 | 9:46 PM

Thanks E. Vayntrub!! I appreciate the positive feedback!! It made me very happy!!

E Vayntrub purchased this artwork. 11/14/2015 | 8:49 PM

Absolutely beautiful. I have it hanging up by the stairs in full view and its definitely a conversation starter. Thank you for these little guys!

Mary Pratt 11/10/2015 | 2:12 PM

Thank you so much B Gress!! I think "White Gloved Geisha" would be a good companion piece to "Love". I appreciate your continued support of my art; happy art buyers allow me to create more!!

B Gress purchased this artwork. 11/10/2015 | 12:37 PM

Gorgeous! You captured something special here. And it's a beautiful complement to Gloved Geisha, also in my home. I love "Love."

Mary Pratt 8/20/2015 | 1:43 PM

It's a great day when I hear from a happy art lover! Thank you so much Sharon!!!!

S Burke 8/20/2015 | 1:00 PM

Your painting, "Magic," arrived today and it is even lovelier than it appeared to be on the website. I find your style extremely appealing and am thrilled to have chosen it. It will definitely take the place on my wall where the "former favorite" now hangs. Sharon Burke

Mary Pratt 8/9/2015 | 9:46 AM

Thank you S.Belikov!

Mary Pratt 2/18/2015 | 9:58 AM

It's inspiring that "Cardinal Rule" invites the viewer to see possibilities. I am so happy you are pleased, C. Hanrahan!!!

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C Hanrahan purchased this artwork. 2/18/2015 | 9:42 AM

Love this painting! It's hanging in my living room and have already received lots of compliments. I see something new each time I look at it. A friend and I were discussing the woods-like background and he commented it could also be a city background. I can now see both. Love the cardinal, thank you so much!

Mary Pratt 2/17/2015 | 1:05 PM

Thanks so much Frank! I am happy "Nude" is now a part of your collection!!

Frank 2/17/2015 | 12:29 PM

Hi Mary- Your artwork, "Nude" just arrived and I am delighted with it. You have captured the essence of Kate, the model, and I am proud to have it in my art room. Please continue with your extraordinary work and I will certainly add you to my list of favorites. Cheers, Frank

Mary Pratt 2/10/2015 | 1:24 PM

Thank you Frank. The model is real; her name is Kate. Kate is also the subject for "Lithe." She's a wonderful model and I appreciate your patronage!

Frank 2/10/2015 | 11:04 AM

Hi Mary- I was doing my weekly search of the Ugallery artworks and discovered your latest addition "Nude". I dont know if the model was a real person but there was something very captivating about her. I look forward to receiving the artwork and including it in my artroom. Thanks so much, Frank

Mary Pratt 12/3/2014 | 4:26 PM

Thank you Carol. I feel honored by your kind words!

A Farkas purchased this artwork. 12/3/2014 | 1:30 PM

Mary, I love "Genevieve". It's more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. What a wonderful addition to our art collection. Every day, I appreciate you and your sensitive and emotional art. Thank you, Carol

Mary Pratt 7/17/2014 | 7:54 AM

You are kind J.Tee. Thank you!

J Tee 7/17/2014 | 12:10 AM

I can tell much about an artist by the work they create. Mary, based on your work, you must be a beautiful person! It is a pleasure and a privilege to see what you have done

A Smith 7/16/2014 | 12:39 AM

Oh, also meant to add that instead of having it as a wrapped canvas I think I do want to frame in a driftwood type frame with a nice matt, what are your thoughts on this?????

A Smith 7/16/2014 | 12:38 AM

I think I would like the 12 x 24 for the postcard pic, what do u think?????

Mary Pratt 7/15/2014 | 10:53 AM

Thanks Anita!!

A Smith 7/15/2014 | 10:10 AM

You are so talented!!! I love your style!!

Mary Pratt 5/19/2014 | 12:15 PM

Thank you Nancy! I will be thinking about glowing circles!!! 5/19/2014 | 11:25 AM

Mary -- I totally LOVE the Orange Leaf birds! Such beautiful colors and textures! I also love the glowing circle shapes in your other paintings. Please do more -- I will buy again! Nancy

Mary Pratt 2/1/2014 | 9:59 PM

Matisse's exhibit here in Atlanta a few years back included his "Fauve" period. I am humbled by your comparison. Thank you and I will continue to paint! There is nothing I love more!!!

commentsTwo Geisha
G Taylor 2/1/2014 | 9:43 PM

" . . . It's the only pictorial equivalent to the color harmonies of Matisse that I have seen in many years . . ."

commentsTwo Geisha
G Taylor 2/1/2014 | 9:42 PM

Mary: Your "Two Geisha" is a remarkable painting. It's the only pictorial equivalent to the color harmonies of Matisse, especially during his "Fauve" period - your color instinct is truly very rare and to be celebrated . . . keep painting . . . . more and more!!

Mary Pratt 1/19/2014 | 12:39 PM

"Little Blue" sits on my book shelves. It always feels good to pass my art on to a happy client. Best wishes to you Joyce and thank you for your patronage!

J Stilwell 1/19/2014 | 12:34 PM

Pleased to meet you, and look forward to receiving my first Pratt (of many?) Thanks!

Mary Pratt 1/1/2014 | 11:59 AM

Thanks Natalie! Happy New Year!

N Burger 1/1/2014 | 11:11 AM

"Marsh Path" is a wonderful complement to our front room -- thanks again for such a lovely piece of art!

N Burger 12/20/2013 | 12:21 PM

Thank you for such a beautiful painting -- looking forward to its arrival :)

N Burger 12/20/2013 | 12:21 PM

Thank you for such a beautiful painting -- looking forward to its arrival :)

Mary Pratt 12/19/2013 | 11:30 PM

Natalie, Tonight I packed "Marsh Path" and it will be on it's way to you tomorrow! Thanks so much for your patronage!Happy Holiday!

Mary Pratt 12/19/2013 | 10:26 AM


Mary Pratt 12/19/2013 | 6:37 AM

C Gordon, Is there a size you are interested in? And do you prefer a canoe in the the painting? Or birds? Thanks for your interest. The marsh is my favorite subject!!

C Gordon 12/19/2013 | 12:11 AM

Love your paintings. I am looking for something like your Marsh Birds, Winding Marsh or Peaceful Canoe. Are you working on anything similar now?

Mary Pratt 10/7/2013 | 3:57 PM

Thanks so much! I think Marsh Path looks great without a frame. I have painted the sides by carrying the painting colors around. I appreciate your interest!!!

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N Burger 10/7/2013 | 10:20 AM

Marsh Path is stunning... Would this piece need framing -- or would it hang well on it's own?

Mary Pratt 7/27/2013 | 9:37 PM

Thank you C. Cooper!!!

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C Cooper purchased this artwork. 7/27/2013 | 4:06 PM

Sooo beautiful. It is perfect for our beach house. Looks just like I hoped from seeing it on line...but better

Mary Pratt 7/11/2013 | 2:06 PM

Thank you so much!!It is always an honor to place my work in a patron's home!

A Danso purchased this artwork. 7/11/2013 | 12:30 PM

One of my prized possession. To remain in the family from one generation to next.

Mary Pratt 5/17/2013 | 12:39 PM

Hi P Neerdaels, Thanks so much! The painting of the bird and nest sold. It was a 5' x 6'. I think it is possible to work through Ugallery to set up a commissioned piece. Perhaps even see the colors of the room to insure that the painting will fit. I could also paint another bird and nest and upload it in the new art and you could decide that way. Again, thanks for contacting me.

P Neerdaels 5/17/2013 | 9:55 AM

Mary, Love your work! I briefly saw a large picture of a bird in a nest done by you (sorry didnt pick up on the name of the piece). After just a short period of time it was gone from this site. I live in a cottage designed home with blue/green as the primary color on the walls and was unsure of the color within the picture whether it would get lost on the wall. Difficult to get a true read online. Would love to see similar work by you. There are many many fabulous artists but I have found I enjoy your work the very most.

Mary Pratt 4/30/2013 | 10:40 AM

Thank you Sara! I appreciate so much that I am able to do what I love....and I appreciate your words!

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Sara H 4/30/2013 | 10:35 AM

Hi Mary, I love your work; Orange Lantern in stunning!

Mary Pratt 4/26/2013 | 5:48 PM

Thanks H. Shelton! I am honored that "Enlightenment" will be an heirloom someday. I am happy it is there in your office and hope it brightens your work days!

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H Shelton 4/26/2013 | 5:34 PM

Enlightenment looks beautiful in my office! I plan to give it to my daughter one day. Thank you!

Mary Pratt 2/9/2013 | 8:40 PM

Sara!!!! That makes me very happy!!!! Good to hear from you...Mexico was fun, but it is good to be home. Best Wishes!

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S Jackson purchased this artwork. 2/9/2013 | 8:13 PM

This looks gorgeous in my home. My second Mary Pratt pleased

Mary Pratt 1/26/2013 | 4:19 PM

I am happy the piece arrived safely...Mexico is a fun and crazy place filled with inspiration. Best wishes Sara!

S Jackson 1/26/2013 | 1:18 PM

The five Geishas have made theirselves very comfortable. They feel at home.....and I am more than pleased and happy with the piece. Be safe on your trip, fondly Sara

Mary Pratt 1/19/2013 | 7:23 AM

Hi Sara...I am preparing "Five Geisha" for shipment today. On Monday I am leaving for Guadalajara, Jaslisco for 2 weeks to explore the culture of that region of Mexico.I hope to gather visual inspiration and return ready to paint. Thanks so much for your patronage. Best wishes! Mary

Mary Pratt 1/18/2013 | 6:35 PM

Oh Sara..I am so happy that you love Geisha Dream...and speechless that you purchased Five Geisha. We could talk about a commission!!!!! Best to you!!!

S Jackson 1/18/2013 | 5:51 PM

I'm ready for number two.....companion piece. I thought something between the "five Geishas" and "yellow" The size I want is 35x60 ....range With three Geishas, and the flowers . I thought maybe purchase the Geisha but then I wanted flowers among them. Thinking about a commission. I wish you were here to see the spot.....

S Jackson 1/18/2013 | 4:38 PM

I just got the painting uncrated and's been here a week, IT IS MORE THAN I EVER IMAGINED!!!!!! Absolutely in love with it. Exactly what I had been looking for. I will be collecting more Mary Pratts. So so happy!

Mary Pratt 1/13/2013 | 8:51 PM

Hi..I hope Geisha Dream arrived safely!

Mary Pratt 1/10/2013 | 10:39 AM

Thanks m murray have made my day! I will be adding new work soon.

M Murray 1/10/2013 | 10:32 AM

I could brouse for hours!

Mary Pratt 12/31/2012 | 9:48 AM

I am so happy Geisha Dream found a home! It is one of my favorite paintings. Best wishes in the new year and in your new home!

S Jackson 12/31/2012 | 9:31 AM

I just purchased your Geisha Dream. I moved in to a new home and have been searching and searching for a LARGE piece....I am so excited, my gift to myself. Thrilled

Mary Pratt 9/13/2012 | 6:36 PM have made my day. I am so happy that you are enjoying "Red"! Today I started work on the next part of that series. If it brings you joy, then I have done my job! Best Wishes.

C Hubbard 9/13/2012 | 6:18 PM

Mary Pratt- I received your beautiful "Red" on Monday and when I walk into my living room, where she hangs, it literally takes my breath away. You have such a lightness to your painting. While it is a rather large painting, it is delicate and airy and she is beautiful, in another world-ly way, walking among the lanterns. I very much appreciate, no love, owning "Red" and having a piece of your wonderful work.

Mary Pratt 7/5/2012 | 8:57 PM

Thanks! d. kepler...are you an artist? or lover of art or both?

d. kepler 7/5/2012 | 6:30 PM

wow! love your work. d. kepler

Yellow Geisha

Oil painting on stretched linen
Signed on front

48" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
10 lbs. 0 oz.


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The geisha inspired this piece. Bright yellow dominates the palette with cadmium red and pink to compliment. Gold leaf is presented underneath the oil paint and peeks through. Each geisha is gazing in the opposite direction, capturing a personal moment. The piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

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