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 Mary McDonnell Ford  (1950 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Iowa      Known for: plein-air landscape, still life

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The following was submitted by the artist in November 2004:

A plein-air landscape and still-life painter in realist and impressionist styles, Mary Ford was born as Mary Margaret McDonnell in Whittemore, Iowa and lives in San Diego, California.  Her mediums are acrylic, egg tempera and colored pencil.

Bachelor's Degree: Painting: Briar Cliff University, IA
Master's Degree: Art History: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO,
Art Student's League Denver: Studied with Doug Dawson, Buffalo Kaplinski, Mark Thompson
Painting Travels: Australia, England, Italy, Mexico

Awards and Exhibitions:
2005: Book cover published: Meditations and Transformations by Wendy Chaffin
2005: San Diego Fair: Art Competition: Second Place: Landscape category
2005: San Diego Fair: Art Competition: Second Place: Still life category
2005: EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI: Aviation Art, Juried Museum Exhibition
2004: Southwest Art Magazine, p. 36-37, December, 2004
2004: San Diego-Del Mar Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention
2003: "San Diego Colored Pencil Exhibition" Honorable Mention
2003: Catherine Lorillard Wolf Exhibition, New York, NY
2002: "City of El Cajon, CA, Painting Exhibition" First Place
2002: "Master's of the Moment" El Cajon, CA, Best of Show
2000:  Book: Drawing published in Exploring Colored Pencil by Sandra McFall Angelo
1995: "Louisville National Painting Exhibition" Louisville, CO, Merit Award
1994: "Longmont Annual Open Exhibition " Longmont, CO, Best of Show
1991: "Art Zone 8-State Exhibition" Denver, CO, Third Place
1990: "Am. Artist's Prof. League Grand Nat. Exhibition" Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
1987: Channel 4 TV First News: Artist Interview

My hometown of Whittemore, Iowa was and still is comprised of many descendents of the original homesteading farmers.  Growing up there, I felt that everyone was valued, talented and least they made you feel that way.  It was a lucky beginning for me as an artist, for that is where I learned to appreciate the simple and beauteous moments of nature.  Our community depended on Mother Nature to sustain its lifestyle, so it was important to be able to read the weather, watch nature and understand her signs each day in order to plan our activities and work.  I learned to respect her might, yet look for her silver lining...the beautiful essence that contrasted the power.  This, I try to capture in my paintings today.

In addition to a keen appreciation for nature, I like to think I have inherited my great-grandparent's pioneering spirit.  When not at my easel, I enjoy flying (private pilot), sailing, swimming or snorkeling.

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