I know when I'm working on a painting and I start to hum, I'm headed in the right direction. When the painting is flowing, honest and spontaneous, I have a feeling like no other. Time flies and I paint and sing as if no one can see or hear me.
My paintings are done in my studio without using sketches or photos for reference. I rely on my formal art training and my life's experiences when creating a piece. My paintings are really a reaction to the paint on the surface, a sort of editing process. I see things in the paint and go from there. It is such a personal way to paint.
I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and have taught at both the middle and high school levels. I am married to Gary, my high school sweetheart, and I have spent most of my adult life as the wife of a College Head Football Coach.
Gary and I have been so fortunate to have been around so many wonderful and talented athletes. Our players at Air Academy High School, Fort Lewis College, Northwestern University and the University of Colorado have given us so much pride and love and have afforded us the opportunity to have a voice in our community and a chance to give back.
Through my art I am able to express myself, but more importantly, all of the proceeds of my work are donated to the charities supported by the Gary Barnett Foundation, whose mission is to increase awareness of and prevention of suicide. After the tragic suicide of one of our most beloved players, Gary and I felt compelled to create a voice and financial support system for suicide prevention. I feel blessed that my art can positively impact the lives of those who may otherwise take their life.
Chosen as one of ten in 2012 "Ones to Watch" Artist Magazine
December 2012 Edition (PDF) (Story - Image)
Juried member of the Sonoran Arts League
Studied With -
- Gerald Brommer
- Steven Quiller
- Pat Wolf
- Chuck Ceraso
- Jake Gaedke
- Betsy Dillard Stroud
- Katherine Chang Liu
To view her gallery or for more information, contact Mary via her website