Mary paints throughout the United States, and lives in Tennessee. Well known for her commissioned portraits in oil, Mary’s objective is to convey the spirit and personality of her subjects, while maintaining an accurate and convincing likeness. Utilizing a strong design framework, beautiful harmonic color, and masterful paint application, Mary connects with the viewer by creating powerfully expressive paintings designed to become family treasures. To keep her approach and technique fresh, Mary enjoys switching between painting disciplines. She has created a body of work that reflects her love of landscape and figure in a series featuring birds. A recent exploration into non-objective painting has taken Mary back to her abstract roots. These paintings, distilled to the essence of color and shape allow the viewer to create their own narrative. Mary continues to work on her “Moody Florals” which combine figurative and abstract painting techniques to present a fresh approach to traditional still life paintings.
Mary is an award-winning painter and has exhibited in many national and regional group shows. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the National Portrait Society, American Impressionist Society, American Woman Painters, The Chestnut Group and the Woman Painters of the Southeast. Mary’s work is in the permanent collection of Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN, Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carrell Children’s Hospital, St Thomas Hospital Rutherford, TN, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, TN. Welch Road Pediatrics, Palo Alto, CA and the Brentwood Academy, Nashville, TN. Mary’s work can be viewed at Bennett Galleries in Nashville, TN, the Wild Hope Gallery in Alpharetta, GA, Ellis Nicholson Gallery in Charleston, SC, All About Art Gallery in Hendersonville, TN, the Peddler in Murfreesboro, TN, The District Gallery in Knoxville, TN. In addition to painting, Mary teaches workshops with an emphasis on design, technique, and color. She finds it extremely rewarding to be able to paint and to share her knowledge and love of painting with others. “I am truly blessed to have a profession that gives me great joy,” says Mary.