Mary Nagel Klein was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1978 she moved to Minneapolis. Over the past 20 years, Nagel Klein has participated in exhibitions throughout the Midwest. She has received an Artist’s Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2009, the Donald G. Jones Memorial Award for Design from the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic in 2019, and was an Artist in Residence at The Robert Henri Museum in 2019.
My recent paintings speak to the home. They focus both within and without – depicting scenes and objects found under one’s roof – and in the open air – but never far from the hearth. I grew up in Wisconsin and have made Minnesota my home now for two decades. The natural beauty of the seasons that surround us here is a perpetual source of inspiration. Both inside and out, I seek quiet, contemplative moments for my paintings. For my work I also use a vibrant palette with a liberal amount of pink – a color that evokes the joy, warmth and playfulness of personal space.”