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Bio/Artist Statement

Seattle based fine artist, maëry lanahan, has been honing her skills as an abstract oil painter for the past several years. Exploring a complex inner landscape, her work offers an insight into the artist's quest for identity. She uses non representational color and form to illustrate emotions, archetypes, psychological exchanges. 

For lanahan, painting is like looking into a windowpane and seeing the reflection of her self, the context in which she lives, and the fusion of these two. Using the canvas as a sounding board, she explores the human condition by extracting basic color and form from recurring memories. 

Many of her works oscillate between two and three dimensional, and figuration and abstraction, an attempt to create a reality which is parallel to but separate from the real world. 

lanahan explains, ‘Because I choose when to show gravity, perspective, color and light, I am able to emote through them. I glaze thin layers of oil paint to create rich and luminescent shapes that interrelate based on the concept at hand. In some ways it is like the cloud watching we do as children. We tend to see in the clouds what is already within us. In this way, my art is about discovery.’ 




1998-2000 The Ohio State University 

1996-1998 Antioch College

1995 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 


Exhibitions + Awards


-Tether The Star Series at Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA

-Juried Exhibit Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA

-Edmonds Art Studio Tour


-Juried ICON Exhibit, Lynn Hansen Gallery in Seattle, WA

-Juried Exhibit Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA

-Edmonds Art Studio Tour


-Juried Exhibit Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA

-First Place Juried Exhibit, Gallery North in Edmonds, WA

-Edmonds Art Studio Tour


-Honorable Mention, Juried Exhibit Gallery North in Edmonds, WA


-Juried Exhibit Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA


-Exhibits at various neighborhood “Art Walks” -Seattle area


-Solo Exhibit “Suspiration” Edison College -Piqua, Ohio


In addition to visual art, I'm also a singer/songwriter. Currently releasing songs under the name "Tether the Star".

 Recordings of original work available on iTunes and streaming on Spotify:

"Let Me Try" single by Tether the Star, 2021

"Grow Away" single by Tether the Star, 2021

”Live Underwater” album by maëry Lanahan, 2003

”Lessen” album by maëry Lanahan, 2000

”The First One” album by maëry Lanahan, 1996


also contributed to these recordings:

”Go Crazy, POP!” Nicky Kay and His Fabulous Kay-Tones, Atom Records, 2005

”Into the Loud” by Nick Kizirnis, Atom Records, 2004

”Migrations” by Tristen Shields, Data Was Lost Records, 2004

For current uploads of original songs and covers go to soundcloud.

To watch më in the studio tune into my live stream over on Twitch.


This is from a studio tour from 2020: