About The Artist
Mickey Cunningham is an impressionist painter from Minnesota who uses loose brushwork and vibrant colors to create landscapes and figurative artwork. Her work is inspired by the Pennsylvania Impressionists Fern Coppedge and Edward Redfield. Throughout her portfolio, she explores adding new abstract elements and experimental colors. In her figurative work, Mickey avoids overly specific or narrative details so that each viewer can interpret it in his or her own way.
I began painting outdoors when I was in college, and I still spend much of my time on plein-air landscapes. I like loose brushwork and vibrant color, and I have long admired the work of the Pennsylvania Impressionists, especially Edward Redfield and Fern Coppedge. But I am not wedded to one approach or medium, and variety suits my temperament. More and more, I abstract elements in my paintings letting intuition guide experimentation with color and scraping paint. I like drawing, so I often include scribbles and scrawls in my work. To begin a figure painting, I typically surround myself with my life studies and photographs, as well as odd magazine cutouts as source material. Usually, I choose a pose or combine figures without any preconceived notion, but often, especially if I add a second or third figure, a psychological condition or social relationship tends to emerge. This can guide my choice for the background or environment I create. I prefer to keep the whole fairly abstract and not overly specific or narrative, so viewers can make of it what they choose.
Tyler School of Art
Master of Arts, 1985
Bachelor of Arts, 1981