“What we discover when we go inward is our poetic response to life. Art connects us to our Source. It connects us with each other, with generations past, and with those who will see our paintings long after we are gone. When I paint, I truly feel the great relations among all things. Every subject becomes a metaphor. I forget to breathe. I will never lose sight of what a joy and privilege it is to be a painter.” ~ Mary Pettis
Mary Pettis is a classically trained artist who works mostly from life, using the Alla Prima or Direct Method of oil painting. Mary received a BFA in Art and in Humanities from the College of St. Benedict where she studied painting primarily with Hungarian artist Bela Petheo. She took advanced courses in Modern Composition and in Abstract Art at Mankato State University, and apprenticed 3 years directly with Richard Lack at the renowned Atelier Lack. She studied etching with the director of the Florence Academy of the Arts (Italy) C. Daniel Graves, and has taken workshops in plein air painting from many mentors, including Jim Wilcox, Zhang Wen Xin, Kevin Macpherson and Jove Wang . She has done extensive research abroad in art museums from China, Europe and Russia.
Melding the experiences in her life with her artistic influences have now resulted in an authentic and powerfully lyrical style. Mary combines technical proficiency with insight and sensitivity towards her subjects. Her art resonates with her deep connection to nature and her love of life and is reflected in hundreds of originals and thousands of reproductions and etchings.
Mary currently lives in the beautiful St. Croix National Scenic Riverway along the Wisconsin/Minnesota border with her husband Randy. Her paintings can be found in galleries along with private and corporate collections all around the world.Studio Number: 366