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Artist Studio: Mary Erickson

Mary Erickson
PO Box 246
Marshville, NC  28103
Phone: 704-219-0391

Born: 1957 (New York)

Lived/Active: Florida/North Carolina

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: Landscape, Seascape, Wildlife, Birds

Style(s): Plein Air, Luminist, American Impressionist, contemporary realism

Medium(s): Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor

Price Information as of 08/29/2006:
price range $800 to $20,000

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Artist Biography:
Sacred Heart University; 1975-1977
University of Bridgeport; 1978-1980
John Seerey-Lester, private study, Venice, FL; 1987-1991

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
selected awards
2014, Judges Choice, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia
2013, Awarded Signature Status, Society of Animal Artists (SAA)
2012, Awarded Signature status, American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA)
2011 Best in Show, Callaway Plein Air, Jean Stern, judge
2010, People's Choice Award, Arts on the Green Paint-Out, Cashiers, NC
2010, Artists' Choice Award, Arts on the Green, Cashiers, NC
2010, Judge's Honorable Mention, Arts on the Green, Cashiers, NC
2010, Merit Award, Paint out in Paradise, VAC, Venice, FL
2010, Award of Excellence, Paint the Town, SPRAA, St. Pete, FL
2009, Winner, Showcase your State, American Artist Magazine
2009, First Place, Paint the Town, SPRAA, St. Pete, FL
2009, Best in Show, Paint Out in Paradise, VAC, Venice, FL
2007, Peoples Choice, Small Works Show, Greenwich Workshop, Top 40
2007, Finalist, Raymar Art Competition
2007, Top 50, PaintAmerica, Mini Competition, Traveling exhibition
2006, First Place, Doug Helms Memorial Exhibition
2006, Award of Excellence, Alla Prima Gallery, Paint the Town Plein Air Invitational
2006, Merit Award, Venice Art Center, Paint-Out in Paradise Plein Air Invitational
2005, Honorable Mention, Charlotte Art League, Spring into Art Exhibition
2005, Second Place, Germanton Gallery, Mountains to the Coast Plein Air Invitational
2005, Patron Purchase Award, Florida Wildlife Exposition
2005, Award of Excellence, Alla Prima Gallery, Paint the Town Plein Air Invitational
2004, Award of Distinction Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, Annual Florida Competition
2004, Merit Award, Charlotte Art League, Annual Fall into Art
2000, Best in Show, Autumn in Topsail Juried Festival
1995, Finalist, Artists Magazine Art Competition, Wildlife category
2004, Top 200, Arts for the Parks

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
selected exhibitions
2014, Artsits for Conservation Annual Exhibit, Vancouver, Canada
2014, Solo Exhibition, Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2014, Impressions of New England, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2014, Women Artists of North Carolina, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2014, The Florida Four Exhibition, Casselberry Art House, Casselberry, FL
2013, American Impressionists Society, National Exhibition
2011-2013, American Society of Marine Artists 15th National Exhibit - Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, FL, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, Coos Art Museum, Coos BayOR, Minnesota Museum of Marine Art, Winona MN
2010, Impressions of New England, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2010, Between the Shining Seas, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, American Society of Marine Artists juried exhibition
2010, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Between the Shining Seas, ASMA juried exhibition
2009, Inaugural Exhibition, Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland, FL
2009, Solo Exhibition "Artist's Journey - North to South" Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2008, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Salmagundi Club, NYC Annual Juried Show
2008, Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD, 17th Annual Ntl Juried Show
2008, "The Naturalists World" group show, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2007, Batte Center for the Arts, Wingate, NC, solo show, "Intimately Connected"
2007, WhistlePik Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX, Oil Painters of America Ntl Juried Show
2007, Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT, "Small Works Show"
2007, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, gallery artist show, "Women in Art"
2007, Sheldon Fine Art, Naples, FL, four person show, "Visions of Nature"
2007, Germanton Gallery, featured artist, "Things with Wings"
2007, Coos Art Museum, Coos, OR, ASMA 14th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition
2007, Walter Greer Gallery, Hilton Head, SC, Ntl Juried Exhbition
2007, Alla Prima Fine Art, St.Petersburg, FL, two person show, "A Florida State of Mind"
2006, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC, "Things with Wings"
2006, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head, SC, The Art Market at Honey Horn
2006, Alla Prima Fine Art, Saint Petersburg, FL, "Paint the Town"
2006, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC, "North Carolina, From the Mountains to the Coast"
2006, Louise Morgan Edwards Memorial Library, Marshville, NC, solo exhibiton
2006, Paddiwack Gallery, Gainesville, FL, "Into the Blue" Group of Eight Exhibition
2005, Richard James Gallery, Charleston, SC, annual miniature show
2005, Monroe Public Library, Monroe, NC, solo exhibition
2005, Nichols Fine Art, Taos, NM, American Impressionist Society National Exhibition
2005, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC, "Southeast Invitational Miniatures"
2005, Ocala Chamber of Commerce, Group of Eight Exhibiton "Elements and Facades"
2004, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC, Annual Juried Exhibition
2004, Gallery Victoria, Naples, FL "Artescape Naples"
2004, Art League of Daytona Beach, Group of Eight Exhibiton "Images of the Loop"
2003, Geoffrey Smith Galleries, Stuart, FL, Invitational miniature show
2002, Castle Can Rates, Santa Suzanna, Spain, SPAA Four person exhibition
1997, Mangroves Gallery, Marco Island, FL, solo exhibiton
1996, Village Gallery, Sebring, FL, solo exhibition
1995, Collectors' Gallery, Venice, FL, solo exhibition
1994, Venice Little Theatre, Venice, FL, solo exhibiton

Society of Animal Artsits (SAA) Juried Signature Member 2013
Artists for Conservation (AFC) Invited Member 2013
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE) Invited Member 2012
American Society of Marine Painters, 2011, elected signature member
Southern Plein Air Artists (SPAA), 2002, founding member
Group of Eight, 2002, elected member
Plein Air Florida, 2002, professional member
American Impressionist Society, 2004, associate
Oil Painters of America, 2003, associate

Magazine and Newspaper References:
2006, Decor Magazine, January Issue, Artist Profile
2004, Captiva Chronicle, From paintings to...
2003, Venice Gondolier Sun, Artists is for the birds...and nature
1999, Home & Condo Magazine, Colors of Nature
1997, Venice Gondolier, Living her dream
1996, Island Arts Magazine, Artists composes natural symphonies

Dealers or Representatives:
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA
Davis-Moye and Associates, Atlanta, GA
Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston and Palmetto Bluff, SC
Palm Avenue Fine Art, Sarasota, FL
Sheldon Fine Art, Naples, FL and Newport, RI
Birds of a Feather Publishing, Inc.
Greenwich Workshop, Fairfield, CT

Artist 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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