High Kicks, 48"x108"x2", acrylic, Dura-Lar on cradled panel, 2016 copyright Mary Zeran, Private Collection of Suzy and Chris DeWolf, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chicago, Illinois
It's rare I get to work on something really large.
The reasons can be many. Making big work needs the right collector, takes up my whole studio, can be difficult to store if it doesn't sell.
Working on the commission for Suzy and Chris DeWolf's Chicago Gold Coast condo was an absolute blast! It was the biggest painting I have ever created. The size gave me a chance to spread out, and tackle something a bit scary. Thankfully, Suzy and Chris were the perfect collectors. They were fantastic at communicating at what they liked and didn't like, but best of all they were decisive. That made the process go smoothly. Thank you Suzy and Chris for a wonderful experience.
Below are some process photos. In the second photo you'll see how the piece dwarfed my workshop and took up a whole wall of my studio. One of the questions I got when I was working on this was, "How did I lift it?" The secret is the piece is 3 separate panels measuring 48"x36"x2". Working in the modular format makes it easier to move around my studio, transport, store, and install.