Growing up in Wyoming with nary a playmate less than ten miles away, I learned to explore the wide open spaces of the land, the sky and my own imagination. Drawing, making things and make believe were play, expression and comfort. Becoming an artist was simply an extension of that.


Large figurative works on paper allow me to indulge my passion for making marks and telling tall tales. With found objects and eggs, I play with incongruous juxtapositions to transform the ordinary into multiple metaphors. In miniature paintings on wood, I seek to find a measure of comfort and control as I redefine mythic images of caution, and from my porch I celebrate the Mendocino Landscape in watercolor and pastel.


Although my work has been included in exhibitions with such Freudian titles as "Dream Riddle: Images from the Unconscious" and "Search for Self", my images are just as often based on real people, places, personal or public events.


Though born in Morristown, New Jersey, Mary Case Dekker grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. After attending the University of Colorado, she studied fashion illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and at Parsons School of Design in New York. When her education and career path were interrupted by marriage to artist Fred Dekker, the move back to California, and motherhood, she turned to Fine Art and began exhibiting her work throughout the Bay Area. She has won awards for both painting and sculpture. She served as Curator of Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael from 1974 to 1982 when she resigned to return to her own art and education.


In 1986, she was an Artist in Residence at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and in 1989 received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Since then her work has been featured in numerous solo, invitational and juried exhibitions from Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, OR to the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, CA and from Rochester, NY to Mendocino, CA. On the way to deliver the award winning piece, "On the Way to Eugeria", to the Mendocino Art Center's Figure Drawing Competition in 1990, she and her husband fell in love with the eastern Mendocino landscape, bought a bit of it, built a barn/studio, then a house and moved to the county in 1996.

Mary Case Dekker

P.O. Box 306
Hopland, CA 95449

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