About BlueMaroon Designs by Christine Mroz-Fries:
I am a mixed-media artist from Chicago, Illinois. A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991, my roots and early concentrations are in painting and drawing. My interest in art began as a young child when I found that it is often easier for me to communicate through art than through the spoken word.
My paintings are about life – its purity, mysteries, passion and chaos; as well all of its tragedies and triumphs. They are self-portraits; often combining beauty, simplicity and a sense of humor to project as honest a thought as possible. I enjoy playing with different images, materials and techniques to communicate an inner dialogue with the audience. My creative path in life is an on-going, ever changing journey. I enjoy working with images from nature because of its freshness, purity and simplicity. Rather it be insects, flowers or marine life – they all encompass the beauty of life.
I often paint over old paintings, keeping some of the images underneath – layering, showing an outline, a full image, a shadow or simply a whisper of what came before. This process of growth and renewal is not just how I create my work but how I view my life.
I have been fortunate to be a part of many solo and group exhibitions throughout the Midwest over the past 20 years – and am a recipient of a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. I was honored to have Warner Brothers Inc purchase a piece of my work to be included in the final season of their show “Lucifer”.
The Online Pre-Sale for the 2022 Nature-Inspired Holiday Art Market will be available 9am, Saturday, November 26 - 5pm, Friday, December 2. Visit the In Person Sale at Brushwood Center on December 3 & 4 for an even wider selection of items for sale and additional giveaways and discounts!