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To purchase current abstract paintings please go to my Etsy Page.

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Mari Richards – Abstract Paintings

The moment I try to plan a painting is the moment it stops working.

Why do I paint?

Painting gives me access to a part of myself that I can’t access in any other way. I’m able to move with instinct and intuition, working in dialogue between an inner knowledge and the paint in front of me. It’s a process that helps me release my need to control, as I let go of outside thoughts and concerns. It’s a space where I can connect with my own instinctual nature.

My paintings capture my shifting perspectives: moving back and forth from viewing the outside world to glimpsing my own inner world. There’s a focus on bright, saturated colors – a rainbow of options – yet they contain richness and depth. I want them to thrive on movement, layers, secrets, and conversations. Paintings take on their own life as I paint them, full of gestural marks and an exuberance looking to burst past their canvas borders.

What’s my background?

I do lots of creative things. My official credentials include an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design {MCAD), and a BA in art and a BM in piano performance from St. Olaf College. I have designed over 400 products, and won over 30 industry awards. My artwork has been shown nationally in solo, group, and juried shows. I’ve done everything from toy design, websites, logos, print design, photo styling, sculpture, teaching art and design, design blogger, DIY kids crafts, printables, paper toys, pianist, and composer, all the way to Pinfluencer. Based in St. Paul, MN, I live a messy, wonderful life with my 13 year old daughter, husband, and a hilarious rescue mutt.

Purchasing Options

Available Paintings
Please see my currently available paintings on Etsy.
If you see a painting you like, but don’t have an Etsy account, you can also email me directly to purchase: Mari@SmallforBig.com

Check out @MariRichardsStudio on Instagram for up to the minute paintings from the studio, process pics, announcements, and flash sales!

Custom Paintings
I love creating custom paintings
– in all sizes
– just for you
– to meet your needs
You can contact and work with me directly via Etsy.
Or, contact me via email and let’s get started! Mari@SmallforBig.com



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Based in St. Paul, MN, my paintings are available to ship anywhere in the US, and by special arrangements internationally.

Please contact me directly at Mari@SmallforBig.com, or reach out to me via my Etsy Contact form.