Mary Coman

“Man is not free to refuse to do the thing which gives him more pleasure than any other conceivable action.” Stendhal

Mary Coman was born in San Francisco and grew up in northern California. She illustrated for the anatomy and botany departments at U.C. Davis while earning a B.S. in Biological Sciences. After graduation she took illustration courses at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and at the Academy of Arts College in San Francisco. In 1981 she moved to San Diego where she studied painting at Mesa College and printmaking at Galerie Cujas.

Auguste Rodin is the artist who has had the most influence on her view of art and life. “His work conveys a reverence for life and a very deep sensuality. His sculptures, paintings, drawings, and letters have the power to draw you in to a very deep part of himself.” Her drawings and paintings are her own experiences and the figures and faces that move her most are often those that are unsettling, for she feels that they hold the most rare and genuine moments in life.

Her technique is classical and has been strongly influenced by the works of Rembrandt. “Rembrandt painted human passion, filtered through an exquisite sensitivity. His beautiful and unpredictable lines reveal the smallest and most intimate details of life, and the light in his oils illuminates the hidden. His works express my own belief, that ultimately an artist has no choice other than to paint his own life, his deepest emotions, and his greatest fears.”

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