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Artist Statement

Mari Hall describes her painting style as folk art, with a balance of ethnic references, flowing into her description of her art as African American Folk Art which probably defies formal catalogue. The influences for her contemporary oil paintings derive from a host of painters, who also embraced flat plane composition, fauvist color and abolished formal constraints of chiascuro modeling, horizon lines and light versus shadow. Her modern artist eye does not deny the influence of modern advertising, modern photography and modern humor. She describes herself as a self-taught artist leaning heavily upon the works of Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, with a host of other artists shuffled in between days and nights of perusing art in its many forms, including music. Her African American Folk Art is also influenced by Haitian paintings which fly in the face of gravity and reason into torrents of color and history. Mari Hall prefers the sticky torpid passion of oil paint with its dangers and fumes, to the more readily prized acrylic paint. The entire experience of painting with oil is sensory to the extreme, propelling her into the azure skies of creativity with a touch of Mojave Desert madness. To calm her flight into the vagaries of chaotic paint, Mari sometimes tosses out a novel, as writing for her, is another form of painting, only with words.


Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery

Los Angeles, California

Group Show (juried) 1981

Santa Monica City College Art Gallery

Santa Monica, California

Group Show (juried) 1982

Shifflett Gallery

Los Angeles, California

Group Shows 1988 - 1989

The Underdog Gallery

Seattle, Washington

Group Shows 1993

La Maison Bleu Gallery

Seattle, Washington

Group Shows

1993 - 1994

Ron Segal Gallery

Seattle, Washington

Local Northwest Artist Show

Gift Gallery

Women Artists' Show

1994 - 1995

360 Fine Art

Seattle, Washington

1996 - 1997

Philadelphia International Institute Gallery (PII Gallery)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Featured Artist

July 1999

The Wave Gallery

Key West, Florida

Group Show

June 2000

Willows Gallery

Seattle, Washington

Featured Artist

July 2001

Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torrient Brau

International Digital Art Exhibition (Juried)

Havana, Cuba

June 2002

Circle of Sisters Expo 2002

Jacob Javits Center

New York City, NY

October 2002

Philadelphia International Art Expo

Liacouras Center, Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

November 2002

Ferrara Pro Art Association & Sekanina Contemporary Art Gallery

BODY, SIGN, SURFACE International Art Exhibition

Invitational Exhibition (Juried)

Castello Estense

Ferrara, Italy

April 2003

Sekanina Gallery

Ferrara, Italy


Mari Hall started painting in her late 20s as a way to fill her time with something constructive and engaging. Painting became a gateway into an emotional and mental space that stretched into decades of intense learning, expansion, failure, success, dreaming that forever she would have tubes of oil paint, boxes of pencils, bottles of ink, reams of paper, rolls of canvas with endless amounts of time and energy to push all of each strand into some visual form that held pleasure for another besides herself. She is in her fourth decade of painting and hopes to mimic forever her desires in paint until she can no longer hold a brush.


Cover Illustration, Novel

"Newt", by Ron Dakron


Cover Illustration, Magazine


The Nonprofit Quarterly

Summer, 2002

Exhibition Catalog

Arte Digital IV Salon de Arte Digital

Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau

Junio-Julio 2002

"The Moon: Tarot"

Exhibition Catalog

Corpo Segno Superficie Rassegna

Internazionale d'Arte Contemporanea

Ferrara, Italy 2003

"Star Lovers"

Article Illustration

"Les Anges du Nord"

The Other Side Magazine

May-June 2004

Article Illustration

"The Call of Spirit"

The Other Side Magazine

July-August 2004

Documentary Film


Documentary, "Once There Was A Country: Haiti Revisited"

Krafty Longstocking Productions

Miami Beach, Florida

CD Cover


Zarate Pollace Project

San Francisco, California

Release Date: Fall 2004

Holiday Greeting Card

"Wampanoag Princess"

United Church of Christ Holiday Greeting Card

Fall 2004

First Day Cover

Commissioned Painting

Unicover Corporation

"Standing Tall on a New Day"

USPS 1964 Civil Rights Act

Spring 2005

Magazine Cover

"Follow Your Heart"

Magnet Magazine

Autumn 2005 Issue

Article Illustration

"The Corn Goddess"

University of Denver Magazine

Summer 2007

Finalist, International Art Contest

"Aro Syren Vision"

Awarded by ArtaVita

December 2020

Finalist, International Art Contest

"Pacific Syren Harmony Wave""

Awarded by ArtaVita

March 2021

World Wide Art Books, Magazine #6

March 2021

"Pacific Syren Harmony Wave"

Books by Mari Hall (self-published)

"The Junenoon Effect" & "The Junenoon Effect: Troposphere"

Available through

"Syren Song of Xenix"

"Syren Song of Xenix"  Mari Hall Artist