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Mai Wyn Schantz on stainless steel, seduction and oil painting

 

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EPISODE NOTES:

This week we travel to Colorado’s capital city to meet Mai Wyn Schantz, a painter from Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, Colorado Certified.

Early on Mai Wyn’s dad shared with her, “you can do whatever you want, but what are you going to give people?” She never really thought about art as giving back, but she finds that it actually gives back in a huge way – if it can bring joy to somebody and uplift their spirits, it’s a pretty powerful thing.

What are you giving to people through your own work? Please consider sharing your thoughts in the comments below!

MAI WYN’S BIO:

Mai Wyn Schantz is an artist and gallery owner working in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. She’s been painting her distinctive, contemporary landscapes on stainless steel for almost fifteen years. Inspired by her love of the great outdoors and all things wild, Schantz’s work seeks balance between nature and our modern, high-tech world. Her work has been showcased in galleries and museums throughout the Midwest. Firmly rooted in Colorado, the Wisconsin-native sells primarily from her combined studio and gallery, Mai Wyn Fine Art.

Learn more and see all of Mai Wyn’s art at maiwyn.com →

SPONSORS:

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This episode of Beyond the Gallery is made possible by Colorado Creative Industries. A division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, Colorado Creative Industries sees a future where Colorado is a premiere “Creative Economy.” CCI strives to create a strong brand identity, a Top 10 reputation, and create significant and sustained investment in the creative sector where creative entrepreneurs and enterprises will flourish.

  • Pam Clausen

    Loved it! Curious about how long oil on stainless steel lasts…

    • Mai Wyn

      Mai Wyn here…good question. As with painting on any support, the durability of the painting relies heavily on the preparation of the substrate. I use a self-etching primer (used in the automotive industry) to prepare the stainless for paint. I’ve been painting on metal for almost fifteen years now and have had no problems…of course I’m kinda working in uncharted territory.

      • Pam Clausen

        Thank you!

  • Justin Dilfers

    Hello Mai Wyn. Thank you for sharing your insight to painting. I am intrigued by your use of metal. I wonder if you would be open to sharing how you prepare your surfaces, the supports that hold the metal, etc. Thanks!

 

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