Mary is a Southern California native now living with her family near Thousand Oaks. Her interest in art began at a young age as she often watched her mother sketching and painting. In school, she enjoyed experimenting with oils, pastels, pencil, and charcoal. After beginning classes in watercolor techniques, she was hooked. “I love the unpredictability of watercolor and the problem solving involved in each painting,” she says. “When I paint I use many layers of transparent watercolor to achieve the depth of color I am looking for.” Mary has recently done some pastel paintings, and is enjoying experimenting and learning new techniques. After trips to South Africa she began a series of African animals and has since made animal portraits her specialty. “I use my second love, photography, to capture just the right moment for an image to use in a painting.”
A member of the Westlake Village Art Guild, Mary won Best in Show in its 2004 competition for her painting “In My Own Back Yard.” She is also a member of the Thousand Oaks Art Association, and in 2010 won a First Place Watercolor award in its Open Juried Show for her “Splendor in the Grass.” Recently, her painting “Voice Lessons” won third place in the 2015 Thousand Oaks Art Association Member Show, and her photograph, “Always Carry a Bumbershoot,” won Honorable Mention. Her images include a variety of subjects including landscapes, florals, scenes from everyday life, and her wonderful animals. Commissions enthusiastically accepted!