Meredith Mulhearn was born in Sayre, PA, but grew up in a small town in New Jersey. She began feverishly creating from the moment she could grasp a crayon. In fact, her pediatrician foretold Mulhearn’s future as an artist, based on her fine motor skills as a young child.
Mulhearn earned a BA in studio art with a minor in art history, from Wake Forest University, and a MA from NYU in art therapy. Mulhearn’s time in New York City significantly influenced her focus on the natural world, as she struggled with its absence in the urban environment. In response, she engaged in intensive study of botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden.
Mulhearn’s work reveals the tenuous relationship between man and nature. With a practice that merges conceptual and conservation art, her analytical bent emerged in response to a desperate and innate need to reconnect with the natural world. Mulhearn explains, “Nature has always spoken to me in quiet ways, but now I find there’s an inextricable link between me and the natural world that finds its voice in all my work.”
Exploring imminent environmental threats, Mulhearn’s work knows no boundaries as she employs the most effective media to manifest her message. She utilizes both traditional and unconventional media, and her process for each piece is completely unique. She often requires hours of specific training, research, and experimentation to achieve the proper technique. Whether large or small scale, the viewer is immersed, either through inundation or intimacy. Her work often communicates a subtle urgency, juxtaposed against nature’s seeming tranquility.
While her art is often suggestive, her commitment to the cause is most certainly literal, and it directly supports conservation initiatives. She blurs the line between art and philanthropy. Mulhearn states, “As an artist, I believe in art for art’s sake. But as a member of humanity, I believe in art with purpose. As such, I use my work as a conduit for change and to foster awareness, particularly within the area of conservation. My art is my voice.”
In 2019, Mulhearn became a resident artist at RPAC Art Center & Academy in Ridgefield, CT where she continues to practice. Her work is part of multiple private collections, including the Philoche Collection in New York City. She is an associate member of Artists for Conservation, the world’s leading artist group supporting the environment. Mulhearn is also an exhibiting artist at Rowayton Arts Center and an active member of the New Canaan Society for the Arts and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Her work has been selected for numerous juried shows. With a focus on philanthropy, she has participated in collaborative projects, such as the Bow Wow Art Dog initiative, that give back to the community.
Her mixed-media exhibit runs May 1-29 and her paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome and admission is free.