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When growing up near Raleigh, NC, Mary Edwards discovered that life made more sense when she created art. Captivated by how light and dark values create three dimensions, she taught herself to draw. She drew from her imagination until finding Andrew Wyeth's and Sargent's work in realism, and they inspired her to paint the people, pets, and places she knew. KI Her passion for art became resolute when art school instructors refused to believe she was self-taught. As a self-taught artist, she practices painting what she learned from these and other distinguished artists and through much painting.
After attending art school in San Francisco, Mary painted with working artists in Northern Virginia for over thirty years. When George Mason University had an excellent Fine Arts department, she achieved the requirements for a BA degree.
Many art awards are from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and from eastern North Carolina art shows and competitions. Mary's work has been exhibited in art galleries across the state and is well-known on the Outer Banks, seen at the former Greenleaf Gallery in Duck, the Christmas Shop, and the Sea and Sound galleries in Manteo. Her Nags Head Pier series of paintings are among the award-winning paintings of familiar, beloved historic places on the Outer Banks. Mary serves on the Board of Directors of WSNC of which she is Eastern Region Director and is a signature member. She's been the featured artist in publications, and her work chosen for book cover illustrations. She also paints by commission.
Mary says, "Painting with watercolors is the wind that fills the sails of my heart." And life still makes more sense when she creates art. Forty years ago, in a near-death experience, Mary had a close encounter of the God-kind, when she met Jesus in a very real way, radicallly transforming her life and art. Since then, her passion for drawing and painting is in thanks to Him for His gift of new life.
You may find Mary's work in leading galleries and art shows not only on the Outer Banks and around northeast North Carolina, but also in public buildings and private homes throughout the United States. Mary Edwards is an active member in the local Dare County Arts Council where she has taught drawing and painting classes.
Email Mary from the "Contact" page concerning commissioning paintings of your beloved family members, of your cherished pets, and of your home and other places you love.
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