Communicating Powerful Messages
Mary Lou Dauray, who lives in Sausalito, California, describes herself as “a consummate traveler”. Her art is a reflection of the many places she has traveled to around the world. As an artist who is highly proficient in many mediums, Dauray communicates powerful messages while also creating paintings of extraordinary beauty. Her mastery of composition and color dominates any subject and series she chooses to explore.
Since 2009 she has been creating artwork addressing her deep concern about various aspects of man-made climate destruction. She has completed several series on such topics as: the Iraq war; her visit to Eastern European holocaust sites; plastic ocean pollution; glacial melt; issues about mining, transporting and burning of coal; and the dangers relating to the existence of nuclear power plants.
Dauray explains, “The artwork entitled ‘In Your Face America’ reflects the enormous cost to taxpayers — and the billions of dollars of profit for the owners—of building and using pipelines to transport fossil fuel extractions. My art piece about the Fukushima desolation (shown in the banner) addresses the enormity of my concern about nuclear power plants of any sort.”
Recently Dauray has taken a brief vacation from the topic of climate harm. She says, “I am creating paintings that reflect the beautiful bounties from Mother Nature that continue to exist. Creating these works is healing and hopefully is re-energizing me to continue in the near future with my paintings reflecting my concern for our planet’s mantle.”
Dauray’s art work is in numerous collections around the globe including the Sophie Davis Medical School, City College of New York, and many private collections. Her many exhibitions include those at the Virginia Art Museum, University of Southern California Institute for Genetic Medicine Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and Runnymede Corporate Headquarters, VA. She is exhibiting her New Zealand paintings at the Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, FL.
She won an Award of Excellence in the Manhattan Arts International exhibition “Art that Lifts Our Spirits” and a Special Achievement Second Place Cash Award and Featured Artist Interview Award from Manhattan Arts International in its “HERStory 2016” juried exhibition. She also received an Award of Excellence from Manhattan Arts International for the “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions” exhibition co-juried by James Bacchi, director of ArtHaus Gallery, CA.
Mary Lou Dauray has the distinction of having her Iceland oil paintings shown at the Olympics in London under the auspices of “Art of the Olympians” that was related to an environmental panel discussing the impact of climate change.
Every year Dauray conducts a retreat in New Mexico. She wrote about her painting Timeless Wisdom (shown above) “While staring at dramatic 165 million-year-old Jurassic-aged cliffs at Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico, I kept being drawn to a hollowed-out section that seemed to contain a sculpted figure. I felt that the figure, so very ancient and timeless, emanated strength, patience, and wisdom–especially since it had endured and survived countless environmental changes and planetary happenings.”
She has written several articles about environmental art and artist activists for The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS blog. She also did a podcast in Tucson, Arizona about nuclear energy for “Mrs. Green’s World”.
The artist points out, “The current White House administration admits that it is ‘not familiar’ with the economic impacts of climate change! Think about that for a moment: It appears to mumble jumble the fact that there is no climate change.”
Banner: Mary Lou Dauray, Fukushima, acrylic with fluorescent on canvas, 24″ x 48″.
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