Mary Joan Waid was active/lived in New York, Kansas. Mary Waid is known for floral still life and portrait painter.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Born and raised in Emporia, Kansas, Mary Joan Waid paints sumptuous still lifes, often in pastels, and also does self portraits.
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She earned a BFA from Wichita State University but did not study pastel
painting there. After graduation, she moved to New York City, and
worked at the Andre Emmerich Gallery. Raising a family in the
1970s, she painted mostly domestic subjects and flowers. Tiring
of this routine, she searched for something new, which was provided in
1979, when she had a fellowship at Yaddo, the artists' retreat in
Saratoga Springs, New York. There she did a close-up drawing of
herself, and seeing her face close up became the beginning of her focus
on portraiture and figure subjects. She said that because she
often had to work nights and weekends, "she turned to a model that was
With her floral subjects, she works directly from life rather than
photographs, which means that her subject changes while she is
painting. She is fascinated by this process that she calls
Committed to the flow of energy, she practices Tai Chi, "meditation in motion", which she reflects in her painting processes.
Maureen Bloomfield, "Mary Joan Waid", The Pastel Journal, October 2005, pp. 49-53
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