Meet the artist: Mary Kay Reitmeyer

Current Hometown: Minot

Where can we see your work?

I have a painting at the Minot Library, a few at 10 North Main and hopefully a show at the Taube Museum in 2018. My work is also on my Facebook page: Artist mk Reitmeyer.

Do you have work for sale?

I have tons of paintings for sale.

In what media do you work?

I work in water soluble oils; which are environmentally/human friendly.

How would you describe your style?

Abstract Expressionistic

Who would you say have been influences on your work?

To be perfectly honest I’d have to say my professors at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Both Dianne Bywaters and Rob Stolzer gave me the permission (I was seeking) to “just paint,” so I do. They were both always there when I had questions and encouraged; even challenging me at certain times.

Are there particular themes you like to explore in your work?

No. I’ve tried, but it doesn’t usually work very well for me.

What do you most enjoy about the creative process?

Any art you have a passion for is true freedom. In art there are no steadfast rules…so you just go. I love it! No rhyme or reason. If YOU don’t like it start over and with oils you can either paint over or scrape it off the canvas. I also enjoy the whole pre-paint time where you stretch the canvas and gesso it. I guess it’s the anticipation. Finally there is the proverbial “blank canvas” and I LOVE that the most. You’ve heard the phrase waiting for water to boil? Well for me it’s waiting for the gesso to dry!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan (Wisconsin) in a small 4 bedroom home. There were 10 of us altogether and being good Catholics we had plenty of rules and no personal space. I grew up too fast and never had time to mature. I had my own family and went back to high school graduating at the age of 31. I’ve had a ton of jobs and when the opportunity came for me to go to college I went; graduating in 2014 with a BFA from UW Stevens Point.