Art has always been a part of Mary’s life, although serious pursuit of the art of oil painting is relatively recent. Born and raised in the Midwest, adult life brought Mary and her family to Decatur Alabama where she eventually found herself surrounded by the amazingly diverse local artistic community. Nurtured by her involvement with the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, she began seriously pursuing her artistic vision and training in 2005.
Mary’s formal art education was and continues to be sporadic. “I became aware about a decade ago, that when you are open to others, and the world around you, suddenly you’ll find yourself in the presence of one from whom you were designed to learn. I knew that I had an innate ability, but was embarrassingly unfocused, with no idea as to how to proceed toward success.”
Mary’s artistic vision has been inspired and supported by many people in her life. Teachers include her father, James C. Keith of Omaha Nebraska, Nancy Hughes, a pastel and watercolor artist formerly of Huntsville, who can be credited for inspiring Mary to pursue the unknown. Mary has most recently studied under professional artist (the late) Billy Kirk of Booneville, Mississippi, as well as Alabama A&M art instructor Robert Bean of Huntsville, Alabama, Tim Stevenson of Florence, Alabama, Jason Saunders of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as Camille Przewodek of Petaluma, California.
In 2007 Mary’s focus was defined and intensified with the inception of a new group – The Tennessee River School – including artists Jerry Brown of Huntsville Alabama and Matt Welch of Chattanooga Tennessee. Their vision is to share ideas and artistic concepts in an attempt to develop a regional movement in easel painting in the Tennessee Valley. With various outings designed to foster support of their collective painting vision, the three have visited museums, local landmarks and natural settings, and have then worked in their own individual styles to produce numerous artworks and exhibits.
Mary’s artwork is signed as MHReed. She has received commissions from numerous collectors in the South and Midwest, hangs in collections from coast to coast, and has been included in many juried art shows and exhibits in North Alabama galleries and museums.
Mary H. Reed can be contacted at:
643 Jackson St SE
Mary H Reed Fine Art
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