My main body of work is diverse. A few years ago, I started making more obvious reference to things in the real world and now I make no distinctions between the abstract paintings and the figurative paintings. The work is supported by the language and history of painting and my responses to day-to-day life. They’re process-oriented and physical. I stand and move around a lot while painting, moving the work from floor to wall to table to easel. I work on 3 to 4 paintings at a time. They’re intuitive and strategic. They radically evolve from session to session until some point when I consider them done.
Watercolor was the first wet medium I learned to use, but as soon as I started painting on canvas, the watercolors became secondary. I work on them in between the main paintings. This period can be anywhere from a weekend to a few weeks. About 10 years ago, I started doing the watercolors sitting down at a table. I approach them with a zen-like frame of mind and have come to think of them as meditative. I try to have them be void of anything outside of themselves, though like any form of meditation that’s hard to do 100% of the time.
-Mary Addison Hackett, 2012