Piece description from the artist
Inspired by an open air market in Haiti, this painting typifies the typical Caribbean tourist market. I sought to represent the gaiety of color and abundance of joyful art rendered by island residents, but contrasted with the darkness of the jungle in the background and the dark spiritual representations of the masks. It represents the ability of all people to experience joy and camaraderie against a backdrop of hardship and fears.
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.