Maureen Engle and Don Mertz discuss their Abstract Art

Perhaps no other genre of artwork carries with it so much conversation as Abstract Art.  Reasons for this are abundant, however one theme is a constant in Abstract Art discussions, interpretation.      

The intrigue of Abstract Art is the cliche adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.  Through colors, lines, and context, viewers of Abstract Art interpret artworks in ways that differentiate each work of art for each viewer.  Perhaps no other genre of art creates this personal level of artistic interaction between the creator of a piece of art and the viewer.  

This personal level of interaction that stems from each interpretation creates an everlasting personal monologue within the viewer that accentuates artistic appreciation whether the viewer know it or not.

Below we have highlighted two Abstract artists whose works we hope create such interaction and appreciation through interpretation.  Enjoy!        

Maureen Engle,  Beautiful Birches , acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60"

Maureen Engle, Beautiful Birches, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60"

1. Maureen Engle, artist.
Roswell, GA.

Born in the Berkshires, Maureen Engle graduated from the University of Virginia and then spent a year in Provence, France.  There, she furthered her studies in art and began to experiment with a loose and fresh approach to painting.  Maureen moved to the Atlanta area in 1995 and has never left.

Maureen is passionate about color and its ability to convey energy and emotion and is well known for her contemporary and expressive work.  Trees and nature scenes are one of her favorite subjects which she first studies and then paints from memory experimenting with various moods and colors.  She works to continually abstract her subject, letting the painting tell her where it wants to go. 

Maureen specializes in original artwork for residential and commercial spaces and has done numerous commissions for the lobbies of health centers, banks, offices, and country clubs.  A full time artist in her Roswell studio and popular instructor, she has taught brush and palette knife painting for over 15 years at Atlanta area art schools. 

Don Mertz,  Explosion of Color , mixed media on canvas, 60" x 60"

Don Mertz, Explosion of Color, mixed media on canvas, 60" x 60"

2. Don Mertz, artist. 
Cary, NC

Don Mertz, award-winning abstract artist, moved to Cary, North Carolina after living in New York City for 25 years.  His path to becoming an artist was a slow one.  After a childhood in a small Pennsylvanian town, he attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, planning to become a cartoonist or commercial artist.  Soon sensing that was not the right artistic path for him, Mertz made a seemingly more practical choice, joined the Marines, and then entered Corporate America.

Years later, while living in New York City with easy exposure to many genres of art he was increasingly inspired to become what he always wanted to be -- an artist. Don’s first serious foray into art began with studies at The International Center for Photography, culminating in a semi-solo show, Close to a Woman, at the Soho Gallery in NYC. 

Soon he ventured into creating abstract art, including collage and works on paper, in addition to acrylics and mixed media on canvas. Since moving to North Carolina, his works have been in many juried and solo shows.  Most recently, he had a Solo Exhibition of 22 paintings from “The White Series” at The Durham Art Guild in North Carolina.