Mary Ann Mengel has always been drawn to the visual arts and any opportunity to create–from oil painting to folk art, crafts, sewing, landscaping, gardening, or home improvement projects. In high school she was awarded a scholarship in visual arts to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts. She went on to earn a bachelor of fine arts in communication design and a master’s in instructional technology. Her professional career moved away from fine arts with stints in commercial photography, graphic design, web design and marketing. She occasionally painted commissions, designed hand lettered wedding certificates and created needlework patterns of local churches. As an instructional multimedia designer for a university she partnered with faculty to create eLearning resources and instructional videos for undergraduate courses. Now retired, she is immersed full-time in painting, working primarily in oil. She finds inspiration in the work of Impressionists and Fauve painters as she reimagines fleeting moments using color and expressive brushwork. She also enjoys gardening and decorating furniture with original hand-painted folk art designs inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch imagery.