ABOUT THE ARTIST
Welcome! I am Mae Chevrette, a full-time mixed media artist working in Boston, MA.
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where time spent exploring the rocky shores and lush forests of the Pacific Northwest helped instill a love of adventure and the outdoors. At 18, a week-long road trip alone from Seattle to New England to attend college would prove to be a pivotal experience that began my obsession for solo travel, my main source of inspiration. After dozens of solo cross-country road trips through 47 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces, I began piecing together photographs and ephemera from my adventures using self-taught painting and collage techniques, creating a unique form of mixed media art that captures the eye of adventure-lovers everywhere.
In 2011, I quit my first post-college job and moved to Boston to pursue painting full-time, and in 2014 began working in the Fenway Studios, the oldest artist studio cooperative in the country. In 2017, I was lucky enough to move my work into a permanent studio space at the 450 Harrison Artist Studios, where I spend most days surrounded by sunlight, a jungle of houseplants and my studio cat, Chubby Boots. Each spring I spend 4-5 weeks alone on the road camping, hiking and seeking inspiration for new work.
When not creating art or traveling, I like to ride my bike through the city, improve my photography skills, read historical fiction and go sailing with my husband Mike.
ABOUT MY WORK
I am self-taught and have been creating mixed media artwork in this style for nearly 10 years, beginning at the tiny desk in my college dorm room. As a self-taught artist, my style has been influenced by the process of experimentation with traditional materials, discovering new techniques and pushing the boundaries of what can be adhered to (and scraped off of) a canvas.
My work is inspired by travel, curiosity, nostalgia and the relationship between our individual experiences in a place and the history and artifacts that make up its narrative. Each painting combines many layers of the past and the present: contemporary photography from my travels, found paper, historical documents, maps, nautical charts, letters, stamps and other references that speak to the worn and weathered history of the places we experience. The acrylic paints, inks, graphite, washes and textures I use emulate the natural wear and tear of time. While many of my paintings depict iconic locations and landmarks, I also create work celebrating raw, open, expansive lands seen on my adventures out west.