I am interested in the emotions of awe and wonder. I am heavily influenced by evolutionary psychology, and while my artwork is about particular things that have happened to me, I am also looking for images that have a universal appeal. The characters in the paintings are rarely portraiture—rather, it’s about an experience of being human. I want the viewer to be able to enter into the painting fully, and have it call upon their vast wellspring of memories and emotions, which is why the images are often ambiguous and the figures missing faces.
Based in Norman, Oklahoma, Mary James Ketch is a painter working primarily in oil paints. Inspired by the people, animals and nature around her, Mary's paintings evoke a dreamworld for the viewer to enter into.
Mary received a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California.
In addition to having her work collected around the world, she is in the public collection of the University of Oklahoma and has had partnerships with West Elm, Samsung, Target, and Minted.