"If I could describe my paintings, it would be that bright and bold colors really please me. I enjoy watching the bright colors mix and blend in the water. I find that I am drawn to painting flowers, still life, animals and sometimes landscapes. Traveling has provided many wonderful opportunities to capture the world around me through art. I think the classes I’ve taken over the last few years have opened my eyes to the possibilities and new techniques. I enjoy the companionship of painting with fellow artists as their work also influences mine. I hope that my paintings bring the viewer joy."
Mary Lou Martin was born and grew up in Alameda, California. She always had an interest in art as a child. Her mother modeled creativity as an artist, singer, musician and poet/writer and was a great influence on her life. After high school, she worked in San Francisco in insurance for 5 years. She met her current husband in Canada and they moved to Spokane in 1974 sohe could finish his Master’s Degree. She took classes in pastels, drawing and stained glass. She decided to go back to school in 1980 to finish her degree in Education. She graduated in 1983 and began teaching in grades Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th and enjoyed the creativity of teaching, designing lessons, and creating projects. She taught for 28 years. Her favorite medium is watercolor. She has been taking watercolor classes in Spokane and also in Palm Springs since she retired 12 years ago. She has participated in art exhibits in the last few years, including a national show at the MAC in Spokane. She is a member of the Spokane Watercolor Society and the Artists Council of Palm Desert, CA.
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