I am a new artist, self-taught and only recently re-discovered a joy for painting.  My interest in art was peaked when I took classes in high school and seriously considered carving out a career in art.  Unsure of whether to go ahead, I ended up taking that famous “other fork” in the road and headed toward a corporate career.  Years later I re-discovered painting and as they say, never looked back.

In 2011 I tried oil pastels (OPs) and was immediately sold on this medium.  Except for underpaintings, my pieces are exclusively painted with oil pastels.  I enjoy the challenge of layering paint to expose rich color and values, and moving and manipulating OPs around the painting surface – it’s all very fascinating to me.

Landscapes and seascapes fill my portfolio; I’m interested with capturing conditions created by light and shadow.  I only have to look out my window, nature provides me with an endless show of spectacular scenery; I’m never at a loss for what to paint.

A special thank you to my friends in the art communities, your examples and guidance has helped me develop immeasurably as an artist.

Professional Associations:

  • Professional Artist status, member of the Oil Pastel Society
  •  Member of Trinity Arts Guild
  • Member of Wetcanvas, Guide for the Oil Pastels Forum
  • Member of Paint My Photo (PMP)

113 Responses to About

  1. Paul Beech says:

    Mary, thanks for liking ‘The Seekers’. What a gorgeous site yours is. I especially like ‘Forest Sounds’ (can almost hear the squeak of snow under boot) and ‘At the End of The Day’ (I imagine they landed plump mackerel).

    Very best wishes,


  2. Hello, Mary. I was delighted to find your site. From your work, one would think you were practiced as an artist your entire life! Very nice!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Barry, thank you very much – your generous comment is really appreciated. Thanks for visiting and now following – nice to meet you!

  3. How’s it going, Mary? I just found your blog. Better late than never, huh? I had. no. idea that were this busy creating :) Not surprising, the pieces look great! (particularly the Lillies)

  4. Hi Mary, I posted the Blog Hop. Check it out here and post your blog when you get a chance. http://kerrycmitchell.com/2014/07/08/the-blog-hop/

  5. Mary, I forgot to add that there are four questions you answer when you blog.
    The four questions are:
    1. What are you working on?
    2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
    3. Why do you create what you do?
    4. How does your creative process work?

    Let me know if you’re interested. Thanks.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Kerry, I’m so sorry I completely forgot about your request. I am interested, but I’m afraid I don’t understand what this is and the purpose of it. Can you give me a link that I can go check on it. I’m going to be busy for the rest of the night and won’t be able to respond but also out tomorrow morning as well. Sorry!

      • No problem, Mary. Various artists have started what they call blog hops. In this one, I pick three artists who’s work I admire. Then I ask them to answer four questions. Then, you blog your answers and pick three artists you admire. No time rush on this at all.
        The questions are
        1. What are you working on?
        2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
        3. Why do you create what you do?
        4. How does your creative process work?
        Sorry I was so vague about this.

        • Mary says:

          Great I would like to participate.
          A. #1 = three landscapes: a sunset, a boat Fall scene and a field.
          A. #2 = more impressionist, traditional – whereas many that paint with oil pastels are expressionist.
          A. #3 = love being able to translate what I see with oil pastels, great medium for creating moody/atmospheric scenes and sunsets.
          A. #4 = either I see something in person or work from a photograph (access to scenes from all over the world through PMP (Paint-My-Photo) and from there my imagination takes over. Most times the scene in the painting change dramatically from what I originally began working from. All depends – but the real creative process for me unfolds as I paint. That’s why I don’t often do realism.

          Thanks Kerry!

          • Mary, I guess I didn’t make myself clear. You were to blog your answer and pick three artist you admire to carry on the blog hop. Do you want to do that, or should I just pick someone else. Either way, thanks for sharing. Interesting what you wrote.

  6. Hi Mary, Have you heard about the art blog hops that people are doing? A friend of mine, chose me to participate in the blog hop. I need to choose three other artists whom I admire to pass the blog hop onto. Could I pass it on to you as one of the artists I admire? Thanks.

  7. Hello Mary, I think I made a mistake today when I was responding to you for the “Thursday’s drawing, Classic#1″, I thought I lost the first and tried to rewrite it again similar to the first one and I guess you got two of them now, please forgive me, hope you will not get upset. Was a mistake of mine and was not intentional! Eva:0

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, not a problem I just got done with an underpainting for a new landscape and saw your 2nd posted comment – lol, WP gave me a lot of problems this morning. It may be acting up, saw others had issues as well – I understand. I’ll be replying tomorrow morning – wonderful suggestion on getting out and sketching people. We have a pond across the street with lots of folks fishing in it and just standing around perfect for some quick sketches. I haven’t attempted painting a figure yet, will probably do so in the fall sometime as this time of year is all landscapes and seascapes. But, I still need the practice not only for figures with my drawing but also for basic subjects in my paintings (trees, rocks, grasses, cloud structures, etc.). So your suggestions have me considering the practice for many areas of my art. Hope you had a good day, it’s been an ideal one here in the studio. Have a great evening!

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog and deciding to follow. I enjoyed visiting your site and I love your paitings. You’re a very talented artist, please continue what you do because through your eyes we can see more beauty!!!

    • Mary says:

      What a beautiful thing to write Eva, thank you so much for visiting. It’s nice to meet you and I look forward to seeing more of your shoe and fashion drawings as your designs are extraordinary.

  9. thatssojacob says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog; come back anytime. Greetings from Madison, Wisconsin, USA, home to your newest follower!
    (That’s So) Jacob

    • Mary says:

      Hi Jacob thanks for visiting and following – very nice to meet you. I’m now following your blog – looking forward to your posts.

  10. emeraldwake says:

    Great Blog ,You are so talented Mary,pleasure to be here,,i just find You , Regards from Poland ,EM

  11. I have nominated you for The Blog of the year Award. You will find the link here : http://aristonorganic.com/2014/02/18/blog-of-the-year-award-2/

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  14. Congratulations, Mary! I have nominated you for an award. If you do not wish to accept it – no problem. Simply interpret this as my admiration and for sharing your wonderful work with us all. ~ Amelia :) http://mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me/2014/02/03/thanks-for-the-nominations-part-two/

  15. Emy Will says:

    Hi Mary. Thanks for visiting my blog, which led me to yours :) I am glad you found your way with Oil paint – your work is lovely. All the best, Emy

  16. Hi Mary. Love your work…my fav’s are all your seascapes! Beautiful work.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Rhonda for your wonderful comment – means a lot. Very nice to meet you – I loved browsing your blog and look forward to future posts.

  17. Hi; Elena Caravela referred me to your blog after reading my recent post where I used oil pastels to do a sketch. I really like your works; they are soft & “moody” and delightful! You really know how to handle this medium. I have only “messed around ” with Oil pastels, but think I’d like to experiment more with them.
    Happy New Year!

    • Mary says:

      Hi KA very nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by my blog. Thanks for your wonderful comments, oil pastels are a great medium to paint with – takes a bit of getting used too, but once you start a whole new world of possibilities open up. Looking forward to seeing your works. Thanks again!

  18. hello, Mary. i’ve made my list and have checked it twice. had to find out who’s been jaunty and nice for the Excellence Award and you made it in my Dean’s List! here’s the link http://kintal.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/shauny-award-for-blogging-excellence/

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Marlyn for your award. I’ll do my best to get to working through the rules, I’m a bit behind these days – will catch up though. Thanks again!!

  19. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  20. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading yours and admiring your artwork.

  21. Hi Mary! I hope you don’t mind a blog award.:) Please click here for more info: http://eyedancers.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/some-of-my-favorite-things-blogs-or-the-blog-of-the-year-award-2013/ Thanks so much! You have a beautiful site! –Mike

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Mike, I totally missed sending my appreciation for the award. I will get working on this over the next week or so. Means a lot to me – thanks!!

  22. inari says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog, your pieces are amazing :D

  23. mferreva says:

    Hi Mary! Just wanted to say that I’m happy I found your blog! Started following you right now and I’m just waiting for your next post!! Take care.

  24. hey amiga

    would you mind if i complied the steps for gentle compassion and present your week-by-week progress for this next week’s ‘timeout for art’ post? i am so proud of you in so many ways, but the biggest example is that you never gave up.. you disciplined yourself and stayed with it week after week after week.

    an old mentor often said to me, ‘the cream rises to the top.’

    you are definitely at the top, amiga!


    • Mary says:

      Oh Lisa, you really are too much – thank you, that is a big compliment coming from one of the most talented artist out there. I only use you as an example for aspiration and inspiration! You know there are some things that could be done better, but if you would like to compile the steps to post for ‘timeout for art’ I would be honored ~truly. Thank you my friend . . . it’s such a nice thing to do. I really appreciate it!

      • “”Before you are able to draw, you have to learn to see, and you learn to see by drawing.”  (Mick Maslen)”

        i think this quote pairs well with the evolution of your posts. i look forward to sharing your work with a larger audience, and they will surely learn many lessons!


  25. Jackie says:

    Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog! I appreciate it very much. I’ve enjoyed my visit here very much – I look forward to following your work. :-D

  26. Nuno says:

    Beautiful artwork. Thanks for sharing.

  27. C.L. says:

    Your work is beautiful! I’m glad I found your blog.

  28. ArtbyLinz says:

    Hi Mary! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the “Sunshine Award”. The “Sunshine Award” is awarded to bloggers who “light up the dark corners of our minds” and “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogoshphere”
    You can follow through at this link: http://wp.me/p2HDfs-Cj
    I always look forward to your posts! Keep up the awesome work! :)

  29. ok family member! i was working on this one when you sent your own post sailing out the window! aside from others enjoying your posts, it’s fine with me if you don’t pass it along! i’m happy to point others to your amazing work! z

    • Mary says:

      I feel so badly that I forgot to respond to your wonderful family award, please forgive me. Thank you so much for this lovely recognition, it means a lot. I have been nominated for several awards over the last three months and am just now getting around to working on them. So I promise to get going and you’ll see a post from me soon. Thank you Ann-Chrstine!

      • Oh, I know about being busy…I have been so absent-minded these last few weeks because of all the national tests, so I hardly can find my way home when it’s Friday.

        You are so well worthy of this award!

  30. So great that you live out your passion: painting! I always love to read when people do what they love. This is awesome!

  31. Healthy A-Z says:

    Congratulations, Mary! I have nominated your blog for the Beautiful Blogger Award. As you can tell, you are one of my all-time favorites! :-) Here are the details:

  32. Madhu says:

    Delighted to discover your lovely artwork Mary! Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier and for the comment :-)

    • Mary says:

      Hi Madhu, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your wonderful comments. I really appreciate it. I love reading about your travels and seeing the photography – beautiful. Thank you again!

  33. petrel41 says:

    Hi Mary, good news!

    I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award.

    The rules of this award are at



  34. iarxiv says:

    Hi, I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. To accept or just to view the nominations see http://iarxiv.com/2013/02/13/liebster-award/


  35. Healthy A-Z says:

    I have nominated you for another Liebster Blog Award. It’s a great looking badge! :-) Congratulations!

  36. coastalcrone says:

    How wonderful for you to take that other path after years had passed! I think there was a book titled, “Do what you love, the money will follow.” Thanks for stopping by to like one of my posts!

    • Mary says:

      You are welcome and I truly enjoyed my visit. I look forward to spending more time wandering through your postings! Thank you so much, I really appreciated hearing from you.

  37. Wow, you’re self-taught? That is amazing as your artwork is beautiful

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much. Yes I’m self-taught but I have to give credit to all the wonderful art books that I’ve been able to read and the art online communities I belong too – the artists have encouraged, supported and critiqued all along the journey. So I guess you could say there is a whole choir of voices behind me.

  38. ladyfixit says:

    I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award.
    Check it out:


    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment and award. I will work over the next few days to complete the requirements. Thank you, much appreciated!

  39. Love your artwork and enjoyed reading your blog :)

  40. meiro says:

    Dear Mary,
    I have nominate you for the Shine On award, please check at

    Warm regards,

  41. Dear Mary,
    Merry Christmas from Australia. I just wanted to say that looking at your artwork fills my heart with joy, such beauty must stem from deep within your heart and is beautiful to behold. Please continue to do that which you love, you have been blessed with a true, rare and beautiful gift indeed and you shall be an inspiration to many.

    You artwork reminds me of a beautiful quote

    ‘Beauty will save the world’ – Dostoevsky

  42. meiro says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! …… you are nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    Please check at
    Have a wonderful holiday!

    Best wishes,

    • Mary says:

      Hi Mei: Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment. I’m looking forward to reading all about it. Thank you again and Happy Holiday to you ~ Mary

  43. Mary says:

    Thank you for your comment! Much appreciated ~ Mary

  44. Great blog Mary. I would not have guessed you were a new artist. you are very talented.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Tim: Thank you for your gracious comment, I really appreciate it! I love painting with oil pastels and find that everything is a learning experience for me at this point.

      Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I’ve been to your blog and have to say it’s been a fantastic journey of discovery. Mary

  45. Healthy A-Z says:

    As you can tell, I have really enjoyed your blog. I have nominated you for the Seven Things about Me award. Here is the link to the nomination:

    • Mary says:

      What a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughtfulness to award my blog. This is much appreciated! I’ll be sure to check out your nomination – thank you again! Mary

      (P.S. I’m working through tendonitis with my right-hand so typing, let alone painting is a bit challenging these days).

  46. mamiesmith says:

    I think your pastel drawings are beautiful, so I nominated you and your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. (I posted the requirements on my blog just in case you feel like going for it.)

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Your thoughtfulness to award my blog is much appreciated! I’ll be sure to check it out – thank you again! Mary

      (P.S. I’m working through tendonitis with my right-hand so typing, let alone painting is a bit challenging these days).

  47. I’m glad you stopped by my blog, because then I discovered yours. :) Your paintings are wonderful!!

  48. Thanks for visiting our blog! Glad you liked our post about Dennis Hopper’s self-portraits. (Love them and him!) Hope you will stop by again soon.

    Best wishes,
    Silver Birch Press

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