A former landscape designer, antique dealer and house restorer, Mimi Reilly’s hands-on experience building stone walls and laying brick paths allowed her to graduate to interior demolition in her mother’s rehab business. While tearing down a wall she found fragments of an 18th Century mural on the horsehair plaster underneath layers of wallpaper – a discovery that continues to inspire her as she sands and scrapes down her oil paintings to shadows of the original surfaces. Mimi’s paintings are often described as “serene, deep and colorful” but Reilly describes them as lushly minimalistic and intended to reinvigorate the mind and spirit.
A 1978 graduate of the Radcliffe Graduate Seminars Program in Landscape and Environmental Design she has studied at MASSART and the Museum School in addition to studio classes painting with artists in Boston and Cape Cod. She has exhibited at the Boston Anthenaeum, Provincetown Art Museum, Castle Hill Encaustics Juried Show in Truro and was selected to present at The Anthony Quinn Art Foundation Benefit Auction in Bristol, R.I. in 2009. Mimi was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists in N.Y. in 2010.