For Mary Barnes, the physical landscape is her spiritual center, be it on the ocean, in the mountains or quietly under a tree. It is the movement, the light and the resultant configurations that continue to inspire her art. Drawn to the edge where abstraction meets representation, her art is emotive, expressive and full of color. Beauty and darkness find their way into her visual world with subtle shifts and simplicity.
Mary Barnes has exhibited widely on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Canada. She has taught studio art for over 25 years in Oregon, Connecticut and New York City, both in drawing and painting, using a wide variety of mediums and techniques.
Mary holds a MFA from Columbia University, a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a BA from Colorado College.