Cary NC Artist Donates Painting To Make-A-Wish Ball
To celebrate wishes granted and to help raise funds for more wishes.
- Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) May 15, 2012 - Abstract artist Don Mertz of Cary, NC, donated a mixed media on canvas painting to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina's fundraising Ball. His 30w by 30h painting, entitled "Kites In The Clouds," was part of a silent auction held during the gala event on Saturday, May 12.
This marks the sixth year Mertz has donated his work to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish, the non-profit organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
"I donate paintings to four or five different charity auctions every year but I make it a point not to miss this one," Mertz said. "I hope my art can, in some small way, help them in the supportive and caring work they do."
Mertz's paintings have been shown widely in the Triangle area since he moved to Cary six years, and are included in numerous corporate and private collections.
His paintings are large, abstract acrylic pieces with visible layers of colors, shapes, lines, changes, mistakes, and evidence of his hand. He starts by applying charcoal or graphite marks on the canvas, then paints in a childlike manner, capturing the spontaneity, exuberance, and joy of discovery of a child but with an adult sense of composition and color.
"My work expresses my feelings, thoughts, moods, and memories -- or what I had for lunch," Mertz quips. "I'm not a brooding, angst-ridden artist. I take my art very seriously, but not myself."
He also finds painting "a perfect opportunity to smoke a cigar, sip some Jack Daniel's, and listen to Willie Nelson," he says.
The Make-A-Wish Ball included dinner and dancing along with the silent auction to celebrate wishes granted and to raise money to grant even more wishes to deserving children. For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina, visit eastnc.wish.org.
For more information on Don Mertz and his work, go to www.mertzart.com.