Registered Instructor for the Wilcox School of Color courses which are designed to give the artist mastery over color mixing. Certified Zentangle Teacher. Check my Events for any currently scheduled classes, or contact me to scheule one in your area!
2009 Members' Show of the Society of Watercolor Artists of Fort Worth - Honorable Mention
2011 Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Juried Art Show - blue ribbon
2012 SWA International Juried Show - entry chosen for show
2012 Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Juried Art Show - three entries accepted
2013 Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Juried Art Show - three entries accepted
2013 SWA International Juried Show - entry accepted
2014 SWA International Juried Show - Honorable Mention
In 2008, Mary made the decision to pursue a lifelong dream of being an artist. Though she had always had a yearning to be an artist, prior to that point she had only dabbled in painting, though she had made always made a point of including creative pursuits in her life. Her activities have included singing, songwriting, playing piano and guitar, quilting, crochet, knitting, macramÃ© and spinning her own yarn. Thinking that she had "missed the boat" by not pursuing formal education in art, Mary held back on pursuing her dream of painting for many years.
Though she took one semester of high school art, and several months of an oil painting class in her late 20's, Mary continued to hold back until 2005 . . . the year when the magic began. That summer she attended a workshop in glass etching, and a watercolor workshop with Sue Scheewe. Discovering great joy in these activities, she signed up for watercolor classes with Fort Worth artist Ann Winchester, who encouraged her budding talent. Though a family crisis interrupted her art studies, in 2008 Mary made a commitment to make art a priority in her life. She returned to her studies with Ann Winchester, with whom she studied for a year and a half. Blossoming under Ann's tutelage, by 2010 Mary was feeling confident enough to begin creating original works and was soon accepting commissions and winning awards in local competitions.
For Mary, painting is meditation. In each piece she strives to embody the emotions she feels for her subject. She has continued to paint ever since, even through serious vision challenges. In 2009 she was faced with two emergency surgeries for retinal detachment, followed by cataract surgery. Though left with impaired vision, Mary now has the goal of becoming a fulltime professional artist. She finds her current online studies with Daniel Edmondson, the Art Masters Program weekly painting class, to be extremely helpful in that regard.
Mary has always loved colors, to the point that she often thanks God for specific colors. It therefore seems appropriate that she is now a registered instructor for the Michael Wilcox School of Color. She is grateful for the insight into color mixing and color harmony that she has gained through the study of Michael's materials and enjoys sharing this information with others. Mary has also developed a passion for Zentangle, and became a certified Zentangle instructor in 2012. She currently teaches a class at The Summit in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Mary and her husband Tom, her high school sweetheart and husband of 46 years, have three grown children and four grandchildren.