Artist StatementAs an artist, I am particularly drawn to animals and nature. The beauty and wonder of God’s creation is a great source of inspiration to me. I paint in oils. Through my painting, I strive to evoke a feeling, memory or a picture into the mind. Most of my work illustrates the brevity of life and the importance of fully appreciating the moments of today.
Mary Morris has been drawing, painting, and creating art since childhood.
She found peace spending time outside exploring the beauty of God’s creation.
Mary was born and raised in Georgia. Being the daughter of a Veterinarian, she naturally loved and respected all creatures; great and small.
She jumped at every chance to assist her father in treating, administering meds to and collecting data from the animals at the Vet School.
Mary studied Fine Art, Art History and Graphic Design throughout her education.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the Corcoran School of Art in 1992.
While raising two precious children, she opened her Stationery business, Magpie Designs.
From 2005 ~2017, she designed invitations, cards and stationery using her original watercolor paintings.
Mary studied Oil Painting at The Yellow Barn, The Kentlands,
The Arts Barn and The Compass Atelier for 8 years.
She is currently in The 3 year Master Artist Program at The Compass Atelier in Rockville, Maryland
under the instruction of Artist and Teacher Glen Kessler.
After completing the program, she will continue to paint, show, exhibit, and commission her Original Oil paintings.
Corcoran School of Art & Design, Washington, DC, Bachelor of Graphic Design
Mount Vernon College, Washington, DC, Fine Arts Program 1986-1989
Post Graduate Coursework
Oil Painting, Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, Maryland 2009-2013
Oil and Color Theory, The Yellow Barn, Glen Echo, Maryland 2013-2014
Painting through the lens, Glen Kessler Art & Teaching, Rockville, Maryland 2013-2016
Master Artist Program, The Compass Atelier, Rockville, Maryland 2017-2020
2019 Paint the Town Labor Day Show, Kensington Town Hall, Kensington, Maryland
2019 Artists & Makers Gallery Show, Artists & Makers Gallery, Rockville, Maryland
2019 Rockville Arts League Juried Members’ Exhibit, Glenview Mansion, Rockville, Maryland
2019 Animal Farm Exhibition, Martha Spak Gallery at the Wharf, Washington, DC
2019 6th Annual South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition, Montpelier Center for Arts, Montpelier, Virginia
2019 Small Works Show, Gallery North, Edmonds,Washington
2018 Reflections: An Open Juried show, Bowie City Hall, Bowie, Maryland
2018 Of A Feather…Birds in Art, The AnneMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons Island, Maryland
2017 Fur, Feathers & Fins: Our Faithful Pets, The AnneMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center,
Solomons Island, Maryland
2017 12x12 Exhibition & Auction, The Compass Atelier, Rockville, Maryland
2017 MAA Member Show: Spring at Brookside Gardens, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland
2017 The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase 42nd Annual Community Art Show and Sale
Chevy Chase, Maryland
2017 Spring Emergence Exhibition, New Masters Art Gallery, Rockville, Maryland
2017 Spectacular Skies, AnneMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons Island, Maryland
2016 46the Annual Labor Day Art Show, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, Maryland
2016 MAA Kensington: “Paint the Town” Labor Day Art Show, The Kensington Armory,
2016 New Masters Art Gallery Opening Show, Rockville, Maryland
2016 Amici Miei Restaurant and Bar Exhibition, Potomac, Maryland
2016 Artomatic, Park Potomac, Potomac, Maryland
2015 Shades of Summer, The Compass Atelier, Rockville, Maryland
2015 Three paintings featured on Vineyard Colors, Martha’s Vineyard Facebook page
2014 Rising Tide, Washington Artworks Gallery, Rockville, Maryland
2014 The Women’s Club of Potomac Art Show & Sale, P.U.M. Church, Potomac, Maryland
2013 Cultural Council of Georgetown Chocolate Sunday Show & Auction, Millbrook Plantation,
Georgetown, South Carolina
1993 Graduate Exhibition, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1989 Solo Exhibition: Art by Mary Crawford, Mount Vernon College, Washington, DC
A Study Abroad: Paris, Versailles, Rouen, Honfleur & Normandy, The Compass Atelier, 2016
Former Member: New Masters Art Gallery, Rockville, Maryland
Member: Montgomery Art Association, Silver Spring, Maryland
Member: Rockville Art League, Rockville, Maryland
Member: Friends of the Yellow Barn, Glen Echo Park, Maryland