An abstract painting is not unlike a novel. The work acquires a life of its own which unfolds as the artist allows the characters (color, line, texture, perspective, mood) to develop a plot , create relationships, change, twist, turn, until the painting reaches its natural conclusion. I try to insinuate a not-too-apparent meaning in my work, wanting each viewer to grasp or suspect something beneath the surface that lingers in his or her mind. When the work is finished, it should make a statement.

My genre definitely proceeds from the “action painting” of the abstract expressionists of the 40’s and 50’s. The complexity, clarity and courage of their work has always excited me. The visual language, applied spontaneously, usually requires long periods of thought, observation and reworking to create a satisfactory image. Therein lies the pleasure of painting: physical application and mental arrangement of material on a canvas, both body and mind totally involved.
— mmpanas

Maria Margarita Panas was born in Munich, Germany in 1946. She arrived in the U.S.A. in 1949 and subsequently became a citizen. After living in Brooklyn, NY until 1960, she moved to Michigan, where she attended Wayne State University (1963-1967) and met and married John Panas, a fellow student. They have two sons.

Margaret has been a practicing artist since 2002 and is a member of The Art League of Alexandria, VA, the Capitol Hill Art League of Washington D.C., and the Columbia Pike Artist Studios.