Sue Stockdale talks to Mariah Reading, an eco-artist who creates impressionist paintings from recycled items she picks up in the natural environment. Mariah explains how she developed this particular area of interest, why its relevant today, and how big brands such as Merrell and Subaru have recently collaborated with her as she highlights the harm of pollution and climate change.
Mariah Reading was born and raised in Bangor, Maine, USA where the surrounding landscape gave her a deep appreciation of nature’s beauty. The 2016 National Park Centennial propelled her Recycled Landscapes work to greater attention which was designed to highlight the need of preserving and protecting the environment.
Having already visited 24 National Parks, she plans to continue her project in all 62 US National Parks. Mariah has dedicated herself to the field of eco-art through her Artist in Residence at Denali, Zion, and Acadia National Parks, working as an Arts In the Parks Volunteer at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, assisting in Yosemite Facelift efforts, developing a K-12 STREAM curriculum with University of California Santa Barbara Oceanography students, and creating conservation workshops with the Channel Islands National Park.
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