|Mary-Anna Fricano Welch's Fine Art
Monday-Friday, 9-5, Eastern Time
Copyright © Mary-Anna Fricano Welch., LLC 2008
I am an artist from Beavercreek, Ohio. I grew up
in the northern suburbs of Chicago, and earned
a degree in Art Education from the University of
Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. After
graduating, I taught art in Illinois public and
private school systems for over 10 years.
A few years later, I went back to my alma mater
and earned my MA in Art Education where I met
my husband, Gary, while he was stationed at
Chanute Air Force Base. He told me that if I
would marry him, I would see the world.
The opposite proved true; I lived in the Midwest while he was off
serving our country in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We decided
to settle in Dayton with our daughter, Stephanie, because of the good
schools and the abundance of art opportunities in the area.
I experimented with several different mediums for over 20 years, but
eventually rediscovered my passion for painting and decided to focus
on watercolor. My work in watercolors has evolved from the very
abstract to a more graphic, non-traditional interpretation of my
subjects. I incorporate my oil painting techniques of blending color on
the canvas into my watercolor paintings. This results in a blend of
traditional colors and images with contemporary styles and forms.
When asked about my subject matter, I respond, “I have a black thumb
and can’t grow anything but weeds.
By painting my garden I always have a rainbow of colors to enjoy, no
matter what season.” I continue to share my love of art by teaching art
classes in my studio, local art centers or at the Adult Continuing
Education Center. Most days you can find me busy painting in my
studio or out gathering ideas in a nearby garden.