M-J de Mesterton

The Original Rock Painter, Since 1974

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The Paintings of M-J de Mesterton, Lifelong Artist                         

M-J de Mesterton is the original rock painter, one of the most searched and viewed contemporary artists on the world wide web. M-J started creating psychedelic paintings of rocks and gems in 1974; her distinctive style has been imitated, never equalled. M-J de Mesterton paints the western landscape up-close. Her work is characterized by vibrant, multilayered rock- and gem-scapes and mystical compositions that suggest a higher plane of creation through elemental materials. M-J de Mesterton's paintings bridge the gap between representational and abstract conceptions--they celebrate the power of nature to transform mood; they bring balance to the environment in which you place them. M-J's paintings are beautiful expressions of a world that makes life possible.

M-J de Mesterton paints canvases in a wide range of sizes up to 66" X 72". Her wildly popular and well-reviewed show in Santa Fe, 2007 was called Oil Medium, Large and Small.

Above: Painter M-J de Mesterton in April, 2013  

Biographical Sketch of M-J de Mesterton Published for Her 2007 Solo-Show in Santa Fe


M-J de Mesterton attended Cornish School of Allied Arts in Seattle, and then moved to New York City. Living in Manhattan, she first did freelance retouching for top art, commercial, and portrait photographers, and after years of perfecting her craft, restored artwork for the Pace/MacGill and Robert Miller galleries, and for the Museum of Modern Art. (She also worked on Princeton University's portrait collection, which is extensive.) And she painted fields of rocks through it all--rocks in all sizes and shapes, some bright like jewels, others dark and atmospheric, rocks with bold, dynamic outlines, and facets rich with shadows and filtered light, rocks that don't always look like rocks but are instead magnetic abstractions of color and form. M-J de Mesterton paints rocks.

M-J de Mesterton in Her Painting Studio (photo copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009)  

M-J's mission statement is devoid of complex terminology: "I use oil almost exclusively, and oil paint comes from rocks." Her compositions are vibrant, and they are moody and nuanced. She harbors a deep fascination with organic structure. "Every color we know comes from the ground below." Her fields of rocks are cold blue arroyos that run toward fading skies, and they are glowing sunlit shapes that combine power and sensuous abandon. M-J creates a voluptuous harmony that is uniquely pleasing. 

As a kid M-J loved to travel into the dry lands, which she called, "Cowboy Country". And even then she dreamed of living in the western desert, where the earth meets the light in a stark embrace. She became obsessed with the intricate shapes and colors that rest upon the ground. "I like abstraction," she says, "and I am fascinated by materials that can be turned into energy. There is so much wonder in the natural world, and it feels like alchemy to turn hard creations into mood regulators. After all, art is designed to shock, amuse, confuse, and bring happiness to untold millions, right?" The question comes with a smile. "I want to paint beautiful objects. My idea of beauty is just a little unusual...." But her paintings are beautiful, and they are neither modern nor old-fashioned: they exist in timeless constructs that combine bold expression with respect for genesis. "I love the earth; I love fullness and elegant structure; I love strength and integrity of form--and I'm not afraid of scale. There is an irresistible fusion that drives life and culture forward into the next frame. My paintings are snapshots of a conceptual moment, they exist to focus the eye on elemental objects, and how those objects can work together to make a field that plays on human perception. I want to move you."

Some Paintings and Photographs Restored by M-J de Mesterton


Pictured Below: Painter M-J de Mesterton, 2007

Copyright 2007




Rock Painting Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 1975

"Headlights" Oil on Belgian Linen, 44" X 62", was painted by M-J de Mesterton in 1974-5, while at Cornish School

This rock painting by M-J de Mesterton was on-loan, hanging in the prominent stairwell at Seattle's famed art theater, The Harvard Exit, for  a year, circa 1976.

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M-J de Mesterton Copyright 2008


Painting Studio of M-J de Mesterton, 2008
     M-J's 1981 Cave Painting at My Own Color Lab, 18 W. 27th St. New York City, circa 1983

Cave Painting by M-J de Mesterton at 18 West 27th St, NYC, copyright 1981, Courtesy of J. Paul Yafcak, NY, NY


     Painting, 1964, tempera and Crayola, by M-J

Her early abstract compositions inspired M-J de Mesterton's unique rock paintings.