The little gardener

The Little Gardener

Piece description from the artist

A friend's grandchild served as the artist's model for this painting, but so many viewers see themselves or their children in this painting. It captures the exuberance of a small child in wanting to help care for a garden and experience the joy offered by simple flowers. The background is intended to border on surrealism, with the darkness beyond the fence symbolizing the world from which we try to protect our children, keeping them safe within our "fences" of love.

Other works by Mary Keenan

About Mary Keenan

Weirton, WV

Mary Keenan grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she discovered a love for art in her early teens. Though she is mostly self-taught, Mary took art classes while in high school and during her graduate and post-graduate education. Although she ultimately pursued a career in healthcare administration and education, Mary was forced into early retirement after a disabling injury and she has been devoted to art-making ever since.

Mary's work has been exhibited and recognized in regional shows throughout northern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She expresses herself primarily in acrylic and oil paints, with a focus on rural subject matter and people. In her paintings, Mary concentrates on using color and light to captivate the viewer.

Today, Mary lives and works in Weirton, West Virginia.

See Mary's portfolio here

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