Palo Verde Artist of the Month – July, 2021
Mary is a watercolor artist who has a desire to paint whatever comes her way and intrigues her. She has drawn with pencil, colored pencil, painted in oils at Willamette University art classes, and began pursuing other mediums after raising her family, concentrating on Floral, Wildlife, Domestic animals, Landscape, and People.
Throughout the years, Mary has been in many juried shows and art festivals in Oregon, where she is originally from, and belongs to the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She has displayed artwork at various venues, such as cafes in Lake Oswego, OR; Mary has had many commissions, some paintings ending up in other states. Mary belongs to the Palo Verde Artists at the Sundial Recreation Center, Sun City, and is the current president. Mary is also is a member of Artists by the Lake in the Lakeview Center and the Clay Club at the Marinette Recreation Center.
Mary explored painting watercolor on canvas with much success; it is another avenue for watercolors, which she says she thoroughly enjoys. The final products look like refined oil or acrylic with brilliant colors. Having taken many classes with great artists, such as watercolorist Arleta Pech, Mary also had the opportunity to study with an outstanding acrylic and watercolor artist in Portland, OR, Patricia Geisheker, originally from New Zealand. Mary is also self-taught, learning from books and techniques tried on her own. She has said it has been very gratifying.
Mary shared her thoughts that a successful watercolor painting invites the viewer in and captures their attention by giving them a sense of wanting to see more. Some images are soft and watery, peaceful, and others erupt with color that excites the senses.
She paints a myriad of subjects and is deeply involved with them all. “When working on an animal or person, you have the painting if you capture the unique look of the eyes (the subject’s soul). If you cannot find that look, something is lost, and it does not work. It is that way with all of my work, regardless of the subject matter.” Mary stated. “I always hope that my art incites the feeling of magic for the viewer, and they take that away with them. Art has always been a meaningful part of my life, and sharing any part of it is one of my dreams. As a way of sharing my work, I have a website, www.artofmarystewart.com.”