I paint with bold colors, the colors of my soul.
I'm Mary. An artist and dreamer who paints contemporary abstract expressionist works. A child of the 70's - now in my 50's and "Gigi" to three amazing grandchildren. I'm a lover of COLOR as you will see in my work. I was in my 50's before I first picked up a paint brush (not including paint by numbers kits as a child).
Collecting Native American art is a passion of mine. My home looks like it could be a gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, a place very dear to my heart. We've traveled there many times and I'm always trying to find my way back.
I paint what inspires me, makes me laugh and brings me joy. My paintings are an exploration of colors, shapes, textures and tools. I allow the images to unfold and evolve as I paint.
I live in sunny Tampa, FL with my hubby of 38 years and six rescue cats. I prefer the term "cat whisperer" over crazy cat lady.
Thank you for visiting me, collecting my art and leaving comments. I love reading them and promise to respond to each one.
WTSP Studio 10 Live segment / aired 8/2/16
I strive to create paintings that speak of the simple beauty existing in everyday life. My abstract art reflects the colors and emotions of the high desert of New Mexico. I find magic in its mountains and divinely painted skies. This sacred place calls to my soul and opens a space for my art to be a true reflection of my free spirit and enthusiasm for life.
Incorporating layer upon layer of paint by hand and palette knife provides many opportunities for experimenting with color combinations and designs. Abstraction gives permission to wonder.
Woodfield Fine Art Gallery - St. Petersburg, FL
Clayton Gray Home - Tampa, FL
Thistle - Dunedin, FL
2017 Bay Area 10 Art Show, Tampa Regional Artists - Tampa, FL
2016 Where Art Lives, Abstraction - Online Juried Show
2016 Hot! Hot! Hot!, ArtCenter Manatee - Bradenton, FL
2016 Bay Area 9 Art Show, Tampa Regional Artists – Tampa, FL
2016 Dreams II: A Juried Art Exhibit, Duncan McClellan Gallery – St. Petersburg, FL
2015 Bay Area 8 Art Show, Tampa Regional Artists – Tampa, FL
2015 Beautiful Worries Art Exhibit, District 3 – Tampa, FL
2015 Inspiration - The Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center - Tampa, FL
Exhibitions / Group Shows
2017 La Esperanza Art Sale, Tampa Regional Artists - Tampa, FL
2017 PAVA Annual Members Show - Largo, FL
2017 PAVA Exhibit at Gallery3 @HCC - Tampa, FL
2017 Masterpieces show at Stirling Art Studios & Gallery - Dunedin, FL
2017 PAVA group show at Spectrum Communications - Largo, FL
2017 Color Chemistry | Joint show at Red Door no. 5 Gallery - Tampa, FL
2017 Sunday in the Arts, Las Damas de Artes - Tampa, FL
2017 Landscape, Seascape & Cityscape , Tampa Regional Artists - Tampa, FL
2017 PAVA Member Exhibit at Largo Public Library - Largo, FL
2017 SOLO show at The Rialto Theatre - Tampa, FL
2017 Oil and Acrylic show- Tampa Regional Artists, Tampa, FL
2016 Holiday Market at Red Door Gallery - Tampa, FL
2016 Five by Five 2016, Tampa Museum of Art – Tampa, FL
2016 Solo show at The Bunker – Tampa, FL
2016 ISAP-FL Member Online Show
2016 Spring Show at RareHues Gallery - Tampa, FL
2016 12 x 12 x $100 Show, Graphi-ko Gallery - St. Petersburg, FL
2016 PAVA Member Show at Clearwater Public Library - Clearwater, FL
2016 PAVA Exhibit, Suntan Arts Center - St. Petersburg, FL
2016 Landscape, Seascape & Cityscape – Tampa Regional Artists, Tampa, FL
2016 Coffee! A Morning Art Exhibition, Graphi-ko Gallery – St. Petersburg, FL
2016 2D Open Exhibition, Suntan Art Center - St. Petersburg, FL
2015 Red & White Art, Pom Pom’s Teahouse – St. Petersburg, FL
2015 PAVA Annual Members Exhibit, Largo Library – Largo, FL
2015 Five by Five 2015, Tampa Museum of Art – Tampa, FL
2015 Transcending Nature, Octagon Art Center – Clearwater, FL
2015 Art Jam, Wandering Eye Gallery – Tampa, FL
2015 Landscape, Seascape & Cityscape Show, Tampa Regional Artists – Tampa, FL
Pop Up Shops
2017 Tampa Museum of Art's Holiday Market - Tampa, FL
2017 Zudar's on Platt - Tampa, FL
2017 Pottery Barn Hyde Park - Tampa, FL
2016 Pottery Barn Hyde Park - Tampa, FL
2016 First Friday Event, Clayton Gray Home – Tampa, FL
2016 First Friday Seminole Heights, Cleanse Apothecary & Urban Bungalow - Tampa, FL
2015 First Friday Event, Clayton Gray Home – Tampa, FL
FAV15%, BoldBrush Painting competition, March 2015 for "Turquoise Dreams"
My education includes a rigorous course of independent study, classroom instruction, online classes, reading many books on painting and taking workshops from respected artists.