Featured Artist Mary Garrish

Plein air artist Mary Garrish paints the beauty of Florida, creating dreamlike images that capture the light and color of land and sea. To see more, visit her website.

 

"Diffused Light" Oil on Canvas, 12" x 12" by artist Mary Garrish. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Diffused Light” Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

I came to art unexpectedly and later in life. I quickly found that I had the same work ethic and passion for art that I’d had in my prior career in medicine.

 

"Harbor Light" Oil on Canvas, 16" x 12" by artist Mary Garrish. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Harbor Light” Oil on Canvas, 16″ x 12″

 

I wake up filled with enthusiasm each morning, ready to return to the easel and explore the possibilities of what I might create.

 

"Intertwined" Oil on Canvas, 12" x 12" by artist Mary Garrish. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Intertwined” Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

I’ve always loved the great outdoors, so it was with great passion that I began plein air painting. I find my inspiration in plein air and then head back to my studio to create paintings and put my ideas to canvas.

 

"Billowing Clouds" Oil on Canvas, 60" x 30" by artist Mary Garrish. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Billowing Clouds” Oil on Canvas, 60″ x 30″

 

Not every painting makes it into a frame. In fact, only a small percentage of my creations make the cut. The experimental nature of my process is essential for my growth as an artist.

 

"The Falls" Oil on Canvas, 8" x 9" by artist Mary Garrish. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Falls” Oil on Canvas, 8″ x 9″

 

Plein air painting has helped me train my eyes to see—to truly see. I couldn’t have trained my eyes to perceive the intimacy of nature scenes through painting from photographs alone.

 

"The Garden In Bloom" Oil on Canvas, 18" x 24" by artist Mary Garrish. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Garden In Bloom” Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 24″

 

Nature is my live model. Early mornings and late afternoons are my favorite times of the day to paint. I find the shadows to be more interesting and the vibrations of light through the atmosphere to be so enticing.

 

"Summer Sunset" Oil on Canvas, 36" x 24" by artist Mary Garrish. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Summer Sunset” Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 24″

 

The pastel shades of a grey day are particularly interesting. As a native Floridian, I’m drawn to the elusive nature of our skies with a curiosity that is unending. I feel as though nature provides us with a thousand different paintings every day in the ever-changing sky.

 

"Cypress Reflections" Oil on Canvas, 40" x 30" by artist Mary Garrish. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cypress Reflections” Oil on Canvas, 40″ x 30″

 

Fortunately, I’m also surrounded by water in the form of rivers, lakes and the ocean, which of course change like the wind and provide a myriad of palette choices.

 

Artist Mary Garrish in her studio. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Mary Garrish in her studio

 

Winston Churchill once wrote, “Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end, or almost to the end of the day.”

 

"Windswept" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 12"

“Windswept” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 12″

 

This best describes the immense pleasure that plein air painting has brought into my life!

 

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Comments

  1. Beautiful, impressive art. Congratulations 👌🎶💕🌎

  2. beth haizlip says:

    Love your work Mary!

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