Long and Lean #1, 57"x25" framed, acrylic on Dura-Lar, 2014 copyright Mary Zeran, photo credit: Mark A. Tade, Permanent Collection United Fire Group, Los Angeles, CA
My love of textiles started in childhood.
Always the creative person, my mother made most of my clothes. I adored spending hours in fabric stores touching the bolts, imagining.
Later, I was lucky to work selling wholesale fabrics to interior designers. Each season, we would receive yards and yards of luxurious silks, velvets, and brocades for showroom displays. Seeing all the long lengths of pattern and color gave me such pleasure. Seeing them hung on the wall gave me an idea.
It is with great pleasure that I present my new series “Long and Lean”.
Inspired by the gorgeous textiles of my past, this work embodies rich color, watercolor brushstrokes, and repetitive pattern. Painted directly on long pieces of polyester film, this work is luminous, and layered with moments of transparent depth.
Several pieces in this series have found their way into corporate and private collections throughout the country including United Fire Group. To see more of this series and others go to this page on my website. http://www.maryzeran.com/long-and-lean-short-and-stumpy-and-yardage.html
Special thanks to Suzy McGrane-Hop of Gilded Pear Gallery and United Fire Group for believing in my work!