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 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)
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Hi Mary, you have a passion for your art and it shows! Your use of oil pastels is incredible, I never knew you could results like that. I am an artist using lots of media, but do not own one oil pastel stick! Well done! Wishing you lots of success and satisfaction! Anica
Hi Anica, thank you so much for your visit and wonderful compliment. It was a special read this morning. I do appreciate your call out to oil pastels – they are a great medium, that once you get used to the way it performs, can be a lot of fun. I have seen styles from traditional, realist, to impressionist – the range is there. http://Www.wetcanvas.com has a great oil pastel forum with thousands of posts about the medium. The artist that moderates the forum, christel, is a talented artist who knows the medium and is very helpful. Thank you again and I hope you try out oil pastels, you might like them. Thank you for the follow!
Thank you, Mary! It’s just lovely to follow! I am finding watercolour challenging enough…lol! 🙂
For the first few posts it was impossible for me to believe that these are handmade but after seeing your blog I came to know of a new artist!!
Thank you for being so generous with your comment and for visiting my blog! Nice to meet you.
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I’ve nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award. Check out the post when you have a chance:
Thank you Ben for your kindness and the award – much appreciated!
Hello , I have just nominated you for a award! You can find info in my blog and do likewise, if you want to accept it.
Some of you have a no award policy, however this is my way of telling you I truly enjoy your blog !!!
Thank you so much – an honor to be nominated by a fellow blogger. Thank you for your kind gesture!
You truly deserve it Mary, All the best !!! 🙂
Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Starlight blogger award. 🙂
Thank you for the kind gesture and much appreciated!
You deserve it. 🙂
Hey there thanks for liking my post I’ve followed you back as I love the oil painting your doing Mary, you’re clearly very talented 🙂
Thank you Athena for your lovely comment and compliment. Nice to meet you!
Nice to meet you too Mary 🙂
Hi Mary. I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award, because your blog is wonderful! I was given this award by another blogger and wanted to pass it along. 🙂
Hi Jenna, thank you very much! Congratulations to you ~
I gave you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award at
I know you no longer accept awards and you don’t have to 🙂 I thought you deserved one anyway haha
Thank you Mon!!
You have a beautiful blog. I love the seascape paintings. 🙂
Thank you for your lovely comment, really appreciate it! Very nice to meet you ~
Delighted to have discovered you! You are so talented.
Thank you so much for your beautiful comment, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m delighted to meet you as well and I’m heading over to your blog to enjoy getting to know you!
You have a great talent artystystyczny
Thank you for your visit and much appreciated comment!!
We nominated you a choice of one lovely blog award, inspiring blogger and black wolf award. You can select the one you favor most or have not received previously. Thanks for the wonderful work you do. The rest including acceptance is up to you. We just feel you deserve a mention for your work. Hugs. https://ourrumblingocean.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/a-showering-of-awards/
Thank you so much for your beautiful comments and for the award nomination – it means a lot and is an honor to receive this recognition from a fellow blogger. Thank you very much, while I don’t accept awards I do want to let you know how much I really appreciate this generosity of spirit and thought.
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Found you through Elizabeth Parsons. You do lovely work! So glad to have landed here. Writers and painters and all artists, are vessels for our craft.
Nice to meet you Renee! Thank you visiting – I love Elizabeth and her work.
I was going through your artwork which is very beautiful. Since, I’m not an art critque or an interpretator professionally but would love to write an article on your work, hope that would be fine!
Mary, your art work is really impressive! Have also enjoyed the still life, seascape and landscape paintings. All the best and happy painting 🙂 Iris
Hi Iris, so nice to meet you! Thank you so much for your beautiful comment and compliment. Can’t tell you how much it means that you would take time to go through my work – thanks again!
It’s my pleasure to enjoy your creative works, Mary! 🙂
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Hi Mary. I’m so enjoying following you. Your art is really wonderful. I’ve invited you to join in the 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge, if you would like to. No pressure of course. 🙂 https://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/5-day-bw-challenge-3-a-road-in-pompeii/
Hi Sylvia, thank you so much for your invite to join the 5-Day B&W challenge. I’m probably going to have to decline, as there is a lot going on around here and I don’t think I’ll have the time to do 5 new drawings in 5 days. But, I’m honored that you think so much of my work to do the invite. I’ll keep drawing though – one of these days I’ll be going back to oil pastels, I’m feeling a need for a little color. Thanks again ~
No problem Mary. I also feel the need for some colour on my blog. 5 days of B&W is getting me down . 😳
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Hey there, awesome blog and awesome work here. I am your newest follower. Steve 🙂
Thank you, pleased to meet you!
Beautiful work Mary. Look forward to exploring your blog.
Hi Anabell, lovely to meet you – thank you for visiting my blog.
Beautiful, beautiful, Mary! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad to connect 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by and your lovely comment. Looking forward to more of your posts – have a wonderful week.
My privilege, Mary! And thanks so much for the follow ❤ Hope your week is off to a super start 😀
I have nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. Check the details here, http://alfsukatmo.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/one-lovely-blog-award-nomination/
Hi Alf, to be nominated is a true compliment and I can’t thank you enough. I’m sorry but I don’t accept awards any longer, but the gesture is both recognized and appreciated more than you know. You have a beautiful site, really enjoying your posts!
Hi Mary. Thank you for enjoying my post. I really enjoying yours too.
Thanks for stopping by my place and for sharing your artist journey!
Hi Patti, that you very much – looking forward to more of your writings.
Hello Mary, I found my way here from time thief’s onecoolsite! I enjoyed your guest post and had to check out your art work. It’s beautiful.
Hi Jill, wonderful to meet you and thank you for your lovely compliment, means a lot!
Mary, thank you for the follow! Most appreciated! Am really glad The English Professor at Large reblogged your piece so I could find you !
Thank you very much for your lovely comments and so glad that you found my blog – happy to see you and thank you for caring.
Thanks for the like! Your art is amazing. My favorites are the seascapes.
Nice to see you! Thank you very much for your kind comment!