Maryann Hendriks is an accomplished Canadian painter who completed her studies at Fanshawe College and BealArt in London, ON. She has worked independently as a professional artist since 2005. Maryann worked for many years as an entrepreneur, always harbouring a desire to paint professionally. In 2005 she relocated to the Okanagan area of British Columbia to begin that journey. Transgressing through traditional stylized landscape painting and experimenting with abstraction, Maryann is currently focusing on brightly coloured abstracted still life paintings from her studio in Cambridge, Ontario. In 2010 she had the opportunity of a yearlong mentorship with esteemed Canadian landscape painter Robert Genn.
Maryann possesses a signature abstracted style that combines wild textures, unique brushwork, assured mark-making, and a cheerful colour palette. She translates her love of flowers into a beautifully abstracted rendition of her subject. Maryann's approach includes a multi-layered application of acrylic paints and mediums, where she employs a wide array of brushstrokes, washes, and mark-making techniques.
Maryann currently exhibits with several fine galleries across Canada, and her work has been selected to be part of many juried exhibitions across the country. She is an associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) and an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA).
In the garden, my hands are filled with wonderfully twisted bundles of flowers, twigs and grasses. I collect snips here and there as I travel. I like to touch nature with my hands physically—many moons before I was a florist. I insert posies in one of my numerous vases. A foreshortened digital image, atypical angle predominant.
Images are composed with a camera, aiding in-depth and realism. Plotting is done by projection. Painting is done in layers, both flat on the table or floor or vertical on the wall. My work is primarily acrylic-based, paints, mediums, and grounds. Still, I also utilize commercial coatings containing sand, soft pastel, inks, drawing mediums, acid-free decorative papers, and on occasion, oil sticks. I use brushes and scraping utensils, fingers but not toes, and often a lot of water to move paint. I like texture, but no sharp edges, so my work is almost always hand sanded and clear coatings hand rubbed. I work in series, usually around 20 pieces in the same technique, and then move on to a slightly new approach. This way, I can revisit the same photoshoots of flower bouquets repeatedly, but with new language each pass.