MaryBeth Printz was born in Virginia and grew up on a farm in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. She received a BA in Fine Art and in Secondary Art Education from Hollins University in Virginia, her MFA in printmaking from West Virginia University, and an AA in Graphic Design from Shepherd University in West Virginia. Based in Anchorage since 1985, MaryBeth has participated in Alaskan, international, and solo exhibitions. Her work is in several private collections in the United States.
The thread weaving my paintings together is my ability to illustrate my own stories through dramatic visual imagery with a hint of magic that evokes the mysteriousness of everyday life. Magical realism gives me the freedom to paint narratives inspired by the ordinary with a place for the unexpected.
My practice combines elements from my own experiences and photographs, historical references, and imagination. In reinterpreting traditional images such as the female figure, subjects, and settings are redefined with a contemporary perspective, surrounded by an Alaskan landscape, and infused with emotions such as isolation or hope. Through the manipulation of historically recognizable images, I highlight the connection of these issues in modern life, particularly those relevant to women.
Creating art has given me a sense of accomplishment, self-discovery, and an attempt at healing. It is a haven for me to express my emotions and events in my life.