Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Getting Outside Support....Finding a Jen"

Hi Friends!  I'm am SO proud and delighted that my wonderful business partner, Jen Nash Kochevar, wrote an article that Oil Painters of America just published. It talks about ways in which we artists can get outside help with the business side, allowing us more time with our muses. It's a great read that I highly recommend!

You can read the whole article at

Beyond the and art

Just wanted to share a little bit about our exciting current project!We are having a solo exhibition titled "Beyond the Surface" at the beautifully refurbished Orchestra Hall on June 8, 9 and 10th. Here's a description of the show:

In Beyond the Surface, artist Mary Pettis draws upon the music and philosophy of Debussy to create a series of paintings to celebrate his Images For Orchestra, being performed by the Minnesota Orchestra on June 8, 9, 10 at the beautifully refurbished Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

By invoking the works of the past to inspire works in the present, Debussy and Pettis have created a collaboration across time, his fluency of the musical language inspiring her paintings. Pettis emphasizes the musicality of visual arts as a vehicle of deliberate expression. And like Debussy's compositions, this exhibition is designed to satisfy the viewer on both an intuitive and a technical level. It is for this reason that Beyond the Surface exemplifies a large, ground-breaking movement in contemporary art: Expressive Realism.

This movement is a fusion of the purest elements of art (such as color, texture, and form) and familiar, timeless subjects. Debussy (who always wanted to be a painter) is an appropriate choice for this show. As Debussy invited his audience to look for images in the music, Pettis invites the viewer to see music in the images. He often used nostalgic images and songs as source material for his tradition-breaking style. Mary uses a similar approach: she translates the visual world into evocative sensory experiences. Expressive Realism employs, rather than shuns, the artistic language uncovered by the modern art movement. The result is an intensely fulfilling visual experience, both for the art novice and for those who are drawn to spend the time to look beyond the surface.

Largo - With Expression 
St. Croix Scenic Riverway, oil on linen, 24x48"

Stay tuned for more information......

Thank you for following me on this amazing and fun journey! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Minnehaha Falls in Winter" will travel....

We are VERY excited to announce that this painting, "Minnehaha Falls in Winter", will be traveling with the Art Renewal Center's "12th International ARC Salon Live Exhibition".
Public Opening (Salmagundi Club, New York, NY) – Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 11am – 3pm
ARC Award Ceremony and Figurativas Opening Ceremony: (MEAM Museum , Barcelona, Spain) – September 22nd, 2017 – Starts 19pm
The full schedule of events can be found here:

Thank you for following us on this journey!  
~Mary and Jen

"Minnehaha Falls in Winter" 
20x30" oil on linen
©Mary Pettis

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thrilled to be...on the schedule

Plein Air Convention UPDATE
The schedule of events is now out for the Plein Air Convention. It appears that my demo is scheduled for Thursday morning (see below).  To see the full schedule of events, visit the PAC website by clicking HERE. I hope to see some of you there. It's going to be a great week! 

Thursday, April 27
6:30-7:45am Art Marketing Boot Camp with Eric Rhoads
8-8:20am Main Stage — Home Room
8:30-10:10am Main Stage — Mary Pettis Demo
10:15-11am Main Stage — James Gurney
11:10am-1:20pm Main Stage — Quang HO
1:30-2pm Closing Ceremony

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Fog Lifting over Gooseberry Falls" catches the eye...

Thank you judge William Suys and award sponsor FASO for selecting this painting as a FINALIST in the January 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition!
This painting is on tour through the American Society of Marine Artists National Exhibition - currently hanging at the Academy Art Museum and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Easton, MD.

"Fog Lifting over Gooseberry Falls"
30x20" oil on linen

To see previous entries, visit

"North Shore Mantra" catches the judge's eye...

We are delighted to share that Mary's painting, "North Shore Mantra", was chosen as a finalist in the January "Master Artist" category of the Art Muse contest.
Many thanks to judge Jason Sacran for your comments about this painting:
"A fantastic take on a subject (coasts and waves) painted many times by many artists. This is composed and executed so very well and the colors feel so naturalistic. This could only be the product of much observed study and mastery. Great Job, Mary; a real beauty! "
"North Shore Mantra" 
24x48" oil on linen

Monday, February 20, 2017

Returning to my roots...

In my interview for the Feb/ March '17 issue of Plein Air Magazine, writer Bob Bahr took me back to my roots at Atelier Lack in the late 70’s. It reminded me to appreciate every influence and teacher along my particular artistic path…each contributing a perfectly fitted puzzle piece to my development as an artist.

I am grateful to Bob for helping me think about and verbalize what matters to me in this whole quest. Thank you, also, Steve Doherty, for the beautiful layout and to Eric Rhoads for this 
great opportunity to talk shop.

We highly recommend you purchase the whole magazine, available at your local bookstore.  
To read just this article, click HERE.

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