Mary Ann Mengel is a Pennsylvania artist who resides in rural Berks County near Hamburg. She has been drawing, painting, and making things since childhood. Mengel began advanced art studies when she was awarded a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, an intensive summer arts program for talented high school students. She went on to earn a BFA cum laude in Communication Design from Kutztown University, and later acquired a master’s degree in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Mengel is currently a member of the online artist community Mastrius, through which she is mentored by several master artists.
Although her passion has always been with fine art painting, Mengel built a career in creative fields like graphic design, photography, marketing, web design and finally as an instructional multimedia designer for a university. In the latter role, she utilized digital media tools to design and develop instructional videos, interactive learning resources and online courses. In addition, she taught faculty development workshops and presented at national and international conferences, specializing in topics related to instructional multimedia design and digital accessibility.
Retired from academics, she now joyfully devotes her creative energies to painting, working primarily in oils. Inspired by nature and the connection of humans with their environment, her knowledge of design, color relationships, and creative communication informs her work. She reimagines and interprets small moments in time, magnifying and elevating them through her colorful, expressive brushwork. Her creative spirit is energized by a variety of subjects including landscapes, florals and figures.
In addition to oil painting, Mengel upcycles old furniture which she decorates with original hand-painted folk art designs inspired by historical imagery of the Pennsylvania Dutch culture.
View Mengel’s recent work at www.maryannmengel.com