During a summer study of art history and drawing in Italy in college I fell in love with etchings and architecture. My career has centered on the creation of detailed representations using the etching monoprint and oil painting mediums with a wide variety of themes; many influenced by my international travel and our wonderful United States.
HAND COLORED ETCHINGS
Drawn to the detail of etchings, I have been comfortable exploring this printmaking medium for over thirty years. Favorite topics include wildflowers, Celtic religious themes, national and international landmarks and a variety of fish and animal species. My most recent etching series is the alphabet incorporated with the language of flowers.
Beginning in 2000, I expanded my printmaking experience to include monoprints. I enjoy the spontaneity of the process and the surprise effects achieved from this intricate medium. Knowing that many of the French Impressionists worked with monoprints, I am experimenting in a variety of new topical areas influenced particularly by travels. Bold contrast and color are evident in my Palace of Versailles Garden Urns.
PLEIN AIR PAINTING
Since 2013 I have revisited oil painting on canvas and linen and am enjoying the challenges of color and prospective in an outdoor setting. (I now have a heightened awareness of the beauty of skies and shadows.)
A IS FOR AMARYLLIS
My son Daniel Dean Mueller and I self published an alphabet book titled “A is for Amaryllis”. It incorporates the alphabet using the illuminated letter fashioned after a 1500’s children’s alphabet and teamed with flowers that begin with that letter and their meaning.
Degree of Bachelor of Education in Art Education from University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Studied with: Paul Yank, Helena Ehlke, William Schneider, George Shipperley, D.K. Palacek, Shelby Keefe
Cedarburg Artist Guild, League of Milwaukee Artists, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Redline Milwaukee
The Pink Lama Gallery Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Best of Show: The Little Show Cedarburg Cultural Center 2018
“After looking at the entire exhibit, I kept coming back to Mary Ellen Mueller’s paintings. She really expressed her scenes with masterful color, great compositions and a wealth of detail for such small paintings. I felt her paintings expressed the essence of the day she was trying to portray and deserved Best of Show.” Joye Moon
Second Place: Plein Air Competition Grohmann Art Museum 2018
First Place: Plein Air Competition Boerner Botanical Gardens LMA 2015