MEET THE ARTIST

Artist Background

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Mercedes Dalles-Steffen (she/her) is a self-taught artist born in Madison, WI, raised in Sioux Falls, SD, and currently living in Seattle, WA. She creates intuitive abstract art and works with acrylic paint and a variety of mark-making utensils. Relying on her instincts, she creates freely, often trying new things and confidently painting over what she doesn't like. Her creations are born from a longing to share herself with the world and a need to act on ideas of creation without excuse. She believes that everyone has a creative purpose, important perspective, and imagination that add value to the world, and she aims to cultivate an environment of peace and self-expression through art her collectors can truly connect with. When she is not working as an accountant, she is developing her creative career, spending time with her husband, pets, and family, singing karaoke, cruising in her Subaru, or planning for future adventures.

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Craft and Passion

My creative practice has expanded from acrylic and canvas to experimenting with gouache, Yupo paper, collage elements, pencils, paint markers, ink pens, pastels, and more. My work tends to have common color schemes, with greens, blues, and purples, both moody and bright. I find joy in creating layers, following my intuition, and doodling throughout my work. Outside of my visual art career, I am an accountant and volunteer. I love communication, thinking, problem-solving, writing, planning, and helping others. Through my passions, I connect with others and find fulfillment in my impact.

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My Message To You

Everyone deserves the opportunity to live inspired - by people, music, plants, wall art, colors, dishware, and more. To have a slice of the world intentionally created and curated to serve as a place of self-expression. A place that is shamelessly pure and inspires the deepest of creative desires. I believe that everyone has a creative purpose, an imagination that adds so much value to the world and those around them. We are creative souls and our acts of creation are innate, ingrained in our daily routine disguised as cooking, painting, crunching numbers, gardening, or planning. We deserve an environment that releases creative inhibitions. When we emotionally connect to the components in our space, we can feel like we truly belong. My paintings aim to do just that - to be an intentional component in your slice of the world that contributes to your self-expression and feeling of belonging, and inspires your deepest creative desires.