MARY SALSTROM 

In  oil paintings and pastel sketches 

from life the artist’s perception of 

a place connects with her 

experience  of a place. A direct 

fresh response to seeing landscape 

in the open  air combines with 

inspiration and memory which guide 

her selection of sites and approach. 

Through painterly forms, Salstrom 

uses color and shape to explore 

light and motion in these works 

mostly of northern Illinois; and 

several smaller pastel studies of 

landscape in Sweden and New York. 

Through figures and architecture, 

the warmth of human presence 

is invoked while establishing 

spatial elements of scale and 

geometry.

Prairie Rain, oil on canvas, 10" x 12", 2008

Prairie Rain, oil on canvas, 10" x 12", 2008