About the Artist
Mary; The Person, The Artist
|For Mary, life began in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a beautiful small city situated on the Mississippi River. Over the years, Mary’s life adventures took her to Texas, Colorado, Northern California, and finally back to Colorado, where she happily resides with her husband, cat, and four Pomeranians. Her first creative outlet was to teach herself to crochet. Quickly tiring of making scarves and blankets, she taught herself to knit. Creating sweaters gave her the artistic outlet she craved and she has become a master knitter who can design a sweater while actually knitting it.
|It was when she returned to Colorado that Mary’s artistic talents and abilities surfaced with a vengeance. With the purchase of an 1884 Victorian house, Mary and her husband have spent the past several years restoring and adding to this historical dwelling. As part of her home decorating and redesign, she began ornamental painting and etching glass, using stencils she designed. Glass etching and decorative painting very quickly drew her into her present endeavors. Mary has taken a few basic drawing classes but as with her knitting, she is essentially self-taught and her work is inspired by her personal insight and her faith in God (Psalm121:1-2).
Using glass as her canvas, Mary brushes on her designs using her emotions, imagination, and life experiences as her guide. Every piece is signed and then baked to set the paint and lock the image onto the glass. While a set of wine glasses may have uniformity, each is different from the other and unique. Because her mix of paint colors is distinct for each project, “sets” of wine glasses or tableware are painted at the same time to ensure color and brush stroke uniformity.
Whether you are gifting a friend or yourself to one of Mary’s delightful originals, beautiful art deserves special care. Never scrub or soak any hand painted item, but rather gently hand wash in warm soapy water and gently dry with a soft towel. To quick clean and remove smudges or fingerprints, gently wipe the glass with a dry micro fiber cloth.