Artist Statement

I work with encounters I have had with nature, to display the same uplifting beauty and experiences it presents. Through abstractions, I try to capture how it feels to be there. I manipulate colors, light and textures to recreate the forces of nature.  Everyone has their own experiences with it. I have a passion for nature and continue to try to capture its spiritual presence.  My work has evolved over 30 years and most recently I have been trying to simplify my work through abstraction. Hopefully the viewer can reflect and relate with their own encounters.


Mary Ellen Strack 

I am an  artist and retired teacher. My work is in local art galleries, private and public collections, I have participated in juried art fairs in the mid west and had my work procured for the Springfield Art Association, Springfield Illinois Civic Association, and the Illinois Teachers Association as purchase awards. I love teaching art and have instructing  pre school through adult classes, though the last 26 years have had the privilege of teaching incredible students at Williamsville High School. The rest of my time is spent painting, gardening and golf, running has been replaced with biking and stand up paddle boarding. 

Please contact me if interested in purchases or commissions.