MEDIUM: Pastel and Oil Paintings
Mary Graduated from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa with a degree in Art Education. She did post grad studies at Delta College and has studied and mentored with nationally known artists in Sedona, AZ, Scotland, Provence, France, Italy and New Zealand where she taught a pastel workshop for the Pastel Artists of NZ. She is a long-time pastel instructor in both classes and workshops in Michigan until her recent move to Indianapolis.
Mary’s work has won numerous awards in statewide and national jury exhibitions and has appeared on the covers of magazines, including American Spoon Foods Catalogs, ForeWord Magazine and Manitou Magazine published by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Visitors Bureau. Her work has been included in the Book "Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes”, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Sedona Magazine and Traverse Magazine,
She has published a Best Selling book “Look About You" of 18 paintings with author Erin Anderson that was a finalist for the 2003 Great Lakes Booksellers Assn. Book of the Year.
Her work is included in corporate, library, college, museum and numerous private collections nationwide.
I feel I’ve been an artist all my life, never deviating from the path I chose in 6th grade when I was encouraged by my art teacher. Many artists/teachers have been a positive influence and I hope I can encourage others to follow their talents and dreams. A favorite quote from Hiroko Salai tells my story: Wherever I wander off to, when I draw, when I paint, I get my life back. I am lucky that I am an artist.
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