artist’s statement

I am foremost a painter, but also a poet. My focus is on abstract shapes and color with a strong undercurrent of in-my-head landscapes. I live on the East Shore of Lake Winnebago where my upstairs studio windows look out onto the ever-changing lake as well as the edge of woods and farmland.
I have been inspired by painters, Gerhardt Richter, Richard Diebenkorn and the Fauvist painter, Gabrielle Munter and many more. I am a self-taught artist without formal education in the arts, but have studied the abstract painters all my life. Story and language are the thrust of both my paintings and poetry. Some mystery below the obvious surface is what I strive for, but without any kind of plan. I pick color, move shapes around and see what happens. The unexpected in a piece of art of any kind is what I treasure.


Mary Wehner is a painter and a poet. Based in Wisconsin, she has exhibited her work regionally and locally and has collaborated with artists, poets and writers in the US and Cuba. She has authored three letterpress chapbooks and four broadsides published by Red Hydra Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She has published in various literary magazines and anthologies and was nominated for a Pushcart in poetry and awarded Poet-in-Residence for two sessions at Penland School of the Craft in North Carolina. She is currently a 2018 featured spotlight artist at THELMA Center for the Arts.

Galleries & Exhibitions

Riverwalk Art Center*
33 W 2nd Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Phone: (920) 979-6208 

MOWA - Museum of Wisconsin Art
205 Veterans Avenue
West Bend, WI

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts*
51 Sheboygan Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Phone: (920) 921-5410

Plymouth Arts Center
11 North Street
Plymouth, WI 02360
Phone: (508) 746-7222

Gallery & Frame*
94 South Main Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Phone: (920) 921-1144

Share Fine Art Gallery
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Ubuntu Art Space
52 E. Division Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Phone: (920) 948-7965