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Mandy Main Rancho Mirage, California

Mandy Main is an art historian and landscape painter based in the Southern California desert. She has long been passionate about 19th Century American landscape paintings, which has been influential in her artistic practice. Mandy works in series, generally three paintings at a time. Her process begins with a vision of a place she has been, but she takes creative liberties with the aesthetic details. The artist is captivated by light and shadow, and strives to instill her work with moody drama through the representation of these elements. Using layers of paint and glazes, Mandy achieves mesmerizing atmospheric depth, encouraging the viewer to gaze and be still.

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    About The Artist

    Mandy Main is an art historian and landscape painter based in the Southern California desert. She has long been passionate about 19th Century American landscape paintings, which has been influential in her artistic practice. Mandy works in series, generally three paintings at a time. Her process begins with a vision of a place she has been, but she takes creative liberties with the aesthetic details. The artist is captivated by light and shadow, and strives to instill her work with moody drama through the representation of these elements. Using layers of paint and glazes, Mandy achieves mesmerizing atmospheric depth, encouraging the viewer to gaze and be still.

    Artist Statement

    My paintings are informed by nature and capture a sense of place, but I take great license in interpreting what is actually seen. I love panoramic vistas and a sense of depth and movement and I push these elements to draw the viewer into the painting.

    The fleeting nature of light and clouds become dramatic
    subjects in my work. I use a subdued palette of warm colors, applied in layers of glazes to achieve a
    luminous effect.

    I work on six paintings at a time, usually working on two per day with two days drying time between
    layers. Before I begin a series of paintings I envision where they will ultimately take me. I paint in
    silence and in total concentration. The paintings are with me constantly, I even work on them while I
    am sleeping. I am continually coming up with ideas of what I want to say about nature and the world
    and I never want to stop painting, I have to keep expressing these ideas. In this way the paintings are a
    spiritual outpouring. A part of my inner being is woven into every painting I create.

    Artist Background

    University of California, Los Angeles
    Master of Arts, 1980

    Stanford University

    Bachelor of Arts, 1977

    Hear What Collectors Say About Mandy's Work

    Mandy Main 1/30/2019 | 1:08 PM

    Thanks so much, Frank, for being such a loyal collector!

    Frank 12/30/2018 | 7:21 AM

    Hi Mandy- received your painting right on time yesterday and it is just great. Thanks so much and I will continue to follow your career. Happy New Year, Frank

    Frank 12/20/2018 | 8:09 AM

    I'm back again Mandy- this great new one, my third. I love it and Im so glad to have another artwork from you- Cheers, Frank

    Mandy Main 3/10/2017 | 1:53 PM

    Thank you, I'm so happy that you appreciate my work.

    M Buonocore 3/7/2017 | 8:51 PM

    Your work is beautiful! Very, very happy with the purchase.

    Mandy Main 8/2/2016 | 12:37 PM

    Thank you Frank! It means a lot to me when someone lets me know they appreciate my work!

    Frank 7/28/2016 | 7:04 AM

    Hi again Mandy- I received another terrific painting from you- I matches and balances the first one and they are side by side in a perfect space- so now I have even more of your soul and will keep on following your work. Thanks so much- Cheers, Frank

    Mandy Main 6/10/2016 | 2:48 PM

    Thank you, Frank. I'm so glad you're pleased with the painting. Hope you enjoy it, you've got a little piece of my soul now. Best Regards, Mandy Main

    Frank 6/9/2016 | 7:28 AM

    Hi Mandy- I received your Field XIX painting and it was all I expected and more!!! In person the detail and coloring are even more impressive. Keep up the great work. Cheers, Frank

    Frank 5/27/2016 | 2:23 PM

    Hi Mandy- Quick question before I choose- do your paintings come ready to hang- ie with a wire? Thanks, Frank

    Mandy Main 7/11/2014 | 1:29 PM

    Thank you, S. Radhakrishnan!

    commentsNocturnal Tide III
    S Radhakrishnan 6/24/2014 | 10:11 AM

    Nice glow !

    Mandy Main 4/2/2014 | 1:31 PM

    Thanks, Dad! I'm proud of you that you found UGallery and made a ULog comment!

    G Main 4/1/2014 | 10:54 AM

    WOW!!! This is the most complete composite of your artwork I have seen. It is all wonderful and I am so proud of my daughter. Jerry Main

    Mandy Main 3/28/2014 | 1:42 PM

    Thank you, R Erskine!

    Mandy Main 3/28/2014 | 1:41 PM

    Thank you! I do love clouds and sky. Definitely my favorite thing to paint!

    commentsCoast IX
    J Ivester 3/19/2014 | 10:42 PM

    Mandy, my favorites are all of your paintings that are almost all cloud and sky, and just a little of the landscape. I'm not an art person, but I really love your paintings. Thanks

    commentsOffshore
    don purchased this artwork. 12/4/2013 | 2:39 PM

    new beginnings

    P Davis 9/19/2013 | 8:45 PM

    I love your encaustic pieces! This is one of my favorite mediums, can't wait to see more!

    Mandy Main 9/18/2013 | 1:33 PM

    Thank you, A Rodgers!

    commentsSanctuary VII
    A Rodgers 9/9/2013 | 2:44 PM

    love the santuary beautiful

    Mandy Main 6/25/2013 | 12:06 PM

    Thanks Sanjeev. The paintings are series of layers, some applied with brush, some with knives, and some with ragged on washes of color.

    commentsVineyard V
    S Handa 6/25/2013 | 4:09 AM

    I have seen few of your works. When you play with yellow tones, you do it best Mandy!!

    commentsLuminosity V
    S Handa 6/25/2013 | 3:11 AM

    Being a learning raw artist myself, I liked the texture that is created in luminosity. Is it just through the brush that various shades of yellow are done? I am asking myself. Really interesting!!

    K Webster 6/10/2012 | 12:56 PM

    The luminescence keeps me coming back. Your work is even more beautiful in my home.

    commentsMagic Hour
    C Sloan 5/1/2012 | 10:16 AM

    Everyone should see her work in person...it's great! I love her art, I own several pieces.

    T Kelly 4/12/2012 | 10:46 PM

    Love, love, love your artwork! Saving to buy "Afternoon Shadows" as soon as I can, and looking for a place to put "Luminosity V" as well - so gorgeous! -Terri

    R CATAN 1/29/2012 | 3:32 PM

    Nice work Mandy. I particularly enjoy Halcyon. Reminds me of the days of my youth, studying the beautiful cloud formations and dreaming of what was to come.

    D Sherry Boggins 1/29/2012 | 1:05 AM

    Beautiful work. Reminds me of Turner. Sensational use of color. Intriguing subject matter A real future for Main. Watch her grow. Very collectable!

    C Kashkawol 1/28/2012 | 11:53 AM

    Love Mandy Main's work. I own two and hope to add to my collection. I can stare at her work for hours and notice something new each time.

    commentsLuminosity V
    TESTER 4/11/2011 | 3:32 AM

    Love the Mandy Main piece...reminds me of the peaceful Sunrise to start the day

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