Mary Erickson

Artwork

Beach in Shadow

Mary Erickson

Beach in Shadow

Oil on Panel

6 x 8 in (15.24 x 20.32 cm)

Dunes & Daisies

Mary Erickson

Dunes & Daisies

Oil on Panel

14 x 14 in (35.56 x 35.56 cm)

Gulf Memories

Mary Erickson

Gulf Memories

oil on panel

12 x 16 in (30.48 x 40.64 cm)

Morning Walk Siesta

Mary Erickson

Morning Walk Siesta

Oil on Panel

8 x 10 in (20.32 x 25.40 cm)

Wild and Wonderful

Mary Erickson

Wild and Wonderful

Oil on Canvas

30 x 30 in (76.20 x 76.20 cm)

Champs d' Ete

Mary Erickson

Champs d' Ete

Oil on Panel

8 x 6 in (20.32 x 15.24 cm)

Early Morning Light

Mary Erickson

Early Morning Light

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40 in (76.20 x 101.60 cm)

Lavande et Roses

Mary Erickson

Lavande et Roses

Oil on Panel

11 x 7 in (27.94 x 17.78 cm)

October Sunset

Mary Erickson

October Sunset

Oil on Panel

6 x 8 in (15.24 x 20.32 cm)

Windy & Clear

Mary Erickson

Windy & Clear

Oil on Panel

8 x 10 in (20.32 x 25.40 cm)

Chemin a cote des Coquelicots

Mary Erickson

Chemin a cote des Coquelicots

Oil on Panel

10 x 9 in (25.40 x 22.86 cm)

Golden Morning

Mary Erickson

Golden Morning

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40 in (76.20 x 101.60 cm)

Morning Glory

Mary Erickson

Morning Glory

Oil on Canvas

24 x 36 in (60.96 x 91.44 cm)

Seaside Pair

Mary Erickson

Seaside Pair

Oil on Panel

11 x 14 in (27.94 x 35.56 cm)

Winter Dunes

Mary Erickson

Winter Dunes

Oil on Panel

6 x 8 in (15.24 x 20.32 cm)

Coastal Dawn

Mary Erickson

Coastal Dawn

Oil on Panel

8 x 8 in (20.32 x 20.32 cm)

Great Blue Heron

Mary Erickson

Great Blue Heron

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40 in (76.20 x 101.60 cm)

Morning Preening

Mary Erickson

Morning Preening

Oil on Panel

24 x 16 in (60.96 x 40.64 cm)

Through the Palms

Mary Erickson

Through the Palms

Oil on Canvas

24 x 48 in (60.96 x 121.92 cm)

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Mary Erickson
Mary Erickson grew up sketching the beaches of Long Island Sound and sold her first painting to Gulf+Western Industries in Stamford, Connecticut at 13.She studied at the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University, and initially worked in small business management. Erickson's passion for painting, and a move to Florida in 1986, stirred the desire to pursue art as a career. Finally, she realized a long held dream, and in 1993, Mary began painting professionally. Preferring to work on location, in the tradition of painters since the French Impressionists, Mary travels extensively. She creates field studies (plein air) then returns to the studio to produce large paintings using the visual knowlege and critical information gathered in the field.Painting tours have taken her to Spain, Guatemala, Argentina, Ireland and throughout the United States. Whether solitary excursions (like scouring the coast of Maine for painting sites with her rescue dog, Maggie) or group efforts with other professionals or students, Mary believes these painting trips are essential to an artist's career and growth. Future trips are planned to Italy, France, Costa Rica, Mexico and New Zealand. A lifelong conservationist, Mary's 39 acre residence in North Carolina is slated to be left as an artist retreat and bird sanctuary. It is listed on the North Carolina Birding Trail, and can be seen at www.HighRidgeGardens.org. Mary is a founding member of SPAA (Southern Plein Air Artists,) a member of The Group of Eight, and The Florida Four, all Southern based alliances that are intent on recording the scenery of the rapidly vanishing natural southern landscape. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).In addition to Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists, memberships include the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Mary has served on the board of Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and as an advisor to several national plein air events. Erickson currently maintains studios in Marshville, NC and Venice, FL. In the summer she rents a large house in Port Clyde, ME and shares the experience with other professional artists. Daily painting excursions and art talks into the night typify the weeks into early September. Mary's work is collected throughout the United States and Europe. Her largest project to date is the creation of artwork for the WaterStreet Hotel in Apalachicola, Florida. This luxurious waterfront property features Mary's original oil paintings and reproductions in the hotel lobby and each of the suites. ARTISTS STATEMENT People find my work soothing and relaxing. Perhaps it is my reverence for the subjects I portray, and the spiritual sense of belonging I get when I am out in Nature. With a child-like excitement, I am awed and inspired by our planet. Paintings are my way of sharing its beauty. When painting outdoors, the emotion of the landscape is distilled through the artist, so the plein air painting is often not a literal translation, but a filtered rendition of all five senses. I want the viewer to sense the peacefulness of a place, hear the excitement of crashing waves, or feel the warm breeze on the beach. As much as want to portray the look of the landscape – I want to paint the experience of being there. I am searching for the truth in a scene, and when I find it and paint it, those senses and emotions all come through the brush and onto the canvas. As an artist I will leave a body of work that represents my lifelong passion and respect for our environment. I believe there will come a day when the only places we will be allowed a glimpse of true nature will be in the parks and preserves we set aside today. As it gets more and more difficult to find "natural" areas, we must protect the untouched and undeveloped and its inhabitants, now, and support the organizations that do so. My 39-acre residence in North Carolina is slated to be left for future generations as a bird sanctuary and artists' retreat, as a spiritual place to respond to Nature, listen to the wind and birdsong, and return to our roots as part of a greater whole. Every painting I complete is a step to further that goal.
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