Selly Mares, Maastricht 1970.
Selly lives and works in Maastricht. In 1997 she graduated from the Maastrichts Academy of Music with as principle profession violincello.During her study she came in contact with painting the first time. Music and painting proved to be a perfect combination for her. Both disciplines complement each other very well. Selly mainly works in acrylics on linen, often in combination with sand. Her work has become more and more abstract. She tries to reflect that what occupies her in her work. Music and travelling around the world are both an important source of inspiration to her.Discovering other countries forms an important source of inspiration. The atmosphere, the people, their culture and last but not least the beautiful nature. Always surprising and pure.
Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Costa Rica, from Capetown, South Africa to the Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Amazon area in Brazil. All of them have left an enormous impression.
In her lyric abstract work she combines sand and acrylics. The use of sand reflects de power of nature. Always different again, rough and pure. Remarkable bright colours contrast the whimsical sand. The simple but strong compositions become a reference to the enormous impressions that are left by her travels. She also expresses the enormous feelings music evokes in her that way.
''In a certain way for me painting is always again like a new journey.''