Warmth. Joy. Full of life.
These are the elements that make Mariah Kaminsky’s portraits and murals breathtaking. One of six children, Mariah was born and raised in northern Indiana. Her artistic instinct was evident at an early age, as Mariah’s keen eye for detail is in her genes. Her Great Great Grandfather was a glass etcher from Alsace Lorraine, her father is a mechanical engineer and mother a constant creative inspiration. Mariah has pursued her artistic aspirations with the unyielding support of her family.
A graduate of Ball State University’s Design/Technical Theatre program, Mariah’s work as a scenic artist at playhouses in Indiana and Maine developed her skill for artistic detail. After moving to Durango, CO in 2001, Durango Custom Works, (a collaboration with her husband), allowed Mariah the opportunity to apply her scenic experience to private residences, businesses and restaurants. Her decorative painting, faux finishes, and murals transform nondescript walls into portals to another space or time.
In 2010 Mariah embarked on her own endeavor, Mariah Kaminsky Fine Art, llc. A member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and an internationally recognized master oil painter, Mariah’s portraits are her most riveting and compelling works. She has studied with modern day masters and continues to hone her skills with workshops in classical oil portrait training. Children’s portraits are particularly close to her heart. “I am fascinated by the innocence and joy in children. Their clear, open eyes take in everything around them.”
Mariah and her husband live in Durango, CO with their Saint Bernard dog, Edward and cat, Harry. When not immersed in her artwork she hikes and travels as much as possible.
As intelligent beings, we realize that two things cannot be stopped or even slowed down; Time & Change. Although we know this to be true, we resist it every day. For some, it’s through the act of taking hundreds upon thousands of photographs to capture that which we wish to remain. For others, it’s by written word to contain thoughts and feelings that would be lost if only spoken. In this way, my work is no exception. Whether it is a painting of a moment captured in reality or a dream state, they are all an attempt to halt the change that will inevitably come to be so. I wish to preserve that instance in a tangible manner to make it possible to go back again and again for a visit. Every piece I create tells a story to me so that I may remember it clearly, brush stroke by brush stroke.