Many people have commented about the vibrant colors on the home page. The colors are in recognition of my mother, Edna Mayer, who, as young adult, was very interested in emotions. She, in turn, interested me in emotions. My mother spent much of her life drawing and painting, often using the vibrant colors represented on the home page here.
The last version of the home page was a bit overwhelming in terms of its colors but I believe the current version (posted early Spring, 2006) is easier on the eye, while representing the bold colors of my mother's convases.
I am going to try to post some electronic pictures of her paintings sometime soon.
Here is a brief description of her career as painter, written by my wfie and I, and used for an exhibition of her paintings at the Durham Public Library, here in New Hampshire. Later, her work also was shown in White Plains, NY.
About the Artist
Edna Mayer attended the School of Design in Chicago when Moholy-Nagy was director. After moving to New York in 1952, she studed at The Art Students’ League under Harry Sternberg. She taught drawing to boys at Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY on weekends for five years during the 1960’s.
A 1969 press release for a gallery showing of her work in “Exhibits Unlimited,” in Ardsley, New York ran:
Flowers will bloom in unique color and design this Columbus Day when Exhibits Unlimited will show a collection of paintings and drawings by Mrs. Edna Mayer. The Ardsley (NY) artist and exciting fantasy florals will be introduced at a champagne opening…
Painting as a hobby developed into serious work in 1961 for Edna Mayer when her canvasses commanded the attention of leading art connoisseurs. “Delightful!” commented Everett Ellen, curator of the Guggenheim Museum…Stephen E. Weil of Marlborough-Gerson’s was equally impressed. “Her sense of color is extraordinarily good,” he said, “and there is a fine sense of fantasy which runs throughout.”
Of her work, Edna Mayer says: “I like to paint flowers – but in an abstract way. Because once when I was very depressed and consumed with the drabness around me, I saw a gay and lovely floral arrangement. Suddenly I felt that if there was such beauty to be seen, life was worth living after all. I resolved at that time that when I felt better I would try to express to others the emotion I had when I saw those flowers; that I would paint flowers in some way, shape or form. I wanted to share that strong feeling of affirmation with others.”
In 1980, she wrote of her objectives as a painter; she hoped:
…To use color in such a way that it will please me and my memories of how I saw color as a child. I saw color as an extremely exciting entity that could absorb the eye and brain to the exclusion of much else. It could be soothing especially like the green of the grass.
Shapes should be simple and precise excepting the flowers which should give the impression that they could move if given the chance.
By 1997, according to a brief autobiographical note, Edna Mayer had created over 100 drawings (one of which was purchased and run as the cover for Scandanavian Airlines’ in-flight magazine), and had painted what was likely an equal number of oil paintings. The artist sold approximately 30 paintings during the earlier part of her career, among them several for display in corporate offices in New York. Another buyer remarked that he wanted to buy a painting of flowers for his wife because they would never wilt. Later, she preferred to keep her work rather than to sell it.
Edna Mayer occasionally draws, however over the years, her interest has turned to writing and correspondence and presently she is more involved in those pursuits. [Original continues with show-specific information].