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Mary J. Gray

Winter Park FL

Associate Member

©2012 Mary J Gray
©2012 Mary J Gray
©2012 Mary J Gray

Path Around the Roses
11x14 Oil

Blue Lagoon
20x16 Oil

Fountain in Spring
11x14 Oil

"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.

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