"I enjoy working from life. The whole process is energizing. Whether the subject matter is a still life, a live model, or a landscape, all senses are brought into play, and I am totally immersed in capturing the timeless and immediate nature of the subject before me. I have returned to the studio and presently enjoy working from live models and setting up objects to explore still life, portrait, and figurative works. I love painting en plein air when the weather is suitable and nocturnal paintings with a few other artists. I am presently pursuing my career full time after five years of health related setbacks which interfered with my full participation."
Mary J earned a BA in painting and did post-graduate work at Arrowmont School in the Smoky Mountains. And has studied with many well known artists including Daniel Greene, Albert Handell, Morgan Samuel Price, Larry Moore and Don Sondag. She taught in the Orange County Schools, private schools, and at local art centers. Her extensive travels in Europe, Mexico, and the USA has enriched her painting experience.
She founded and was president of Women In Art Inc, in Orlando FL which provided opportunities for exhibitions, workshops and studio space for artists. Mary J is a co-founder and was director of a group of local plein air artists (CFPAA), 2003-2011. She helped bring much publicity, organized many events to help establish this group and plein air painting in the area. She has participated in many juried shows, including the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Her work has been in many publications, galleries, homes, and many Paint Outs and exhibits in Florida and beyond. She also organizes and participates in Home and Garden Tours in Central Florida.
Mary J currently has a studio in her home in Winter Park where she works on commissions and paints outdoors when possible.
Exhibits: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival / Crealde Invitational / Women in Art / Maitland Art Center / Gallery on Virginia / New Smyrna Beach Art Gallery / Bok Sanctuary, Lake Wales FL / Leu Gardens, Orlando FL / IPAP Worldwide Paintout, Pine Island, Brooksville FL / Mead Garden Flower Show, Winter Park FL / Casselberry Art House, Casselberry FL / Citrus Club, Orlando FL / Arts League of Orange County, Gallery on Virginia, Orlando FL / "Colors of Nature", Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville FL / Lake Lily Paintout, Maitland FL / Orange County Library, Windermere FL / "Paintings from Life", Main Street Gallery, Titusville FL / IPAP Worldwide Paintout, Mead Gardens, Winter Park FL / "Garden Tour" Paintout, Mt.Dora FL / Members Annual, Gallery on First, Sanford FL / "People, Places, Plein Air...Plus", University Club, Winter Park FL / International Plein Air Group Show / "Art Plein Air", Harris Art Ctr, Calhoun GA / "End of Summer Blues", Welcome Ctr, Sanford FL / Artists Registry Show, Avalon Gallery, Orlando FL
Publications: Featured artist, Arts Alive-Orlando Sentinel / Article "Art Work in the Open Air", Orlando Sentinel / Article "Painters Head Outdoors for Inspiration", Orlando Sentinel / Article "Artists of Gallery on First", Seminole Magazine
Associations: Plein Air Florida / Artists League of Orange County / Orlando Museum of Art