Water Hole at Tradition
Mary Schell was born and raised in Connecticut. She has always loved art and received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, where she won a billboard design competition sponsored by the Connecticut Union of Visual Artists.
She went on to teach art at the elementary and middle school levels. During this time her artwork won several awards throughout Connecticut.
After marrying her husband, Ward, and moving to Barrington, where she raised her family, she renewed her pursuit of art, taking classes at Kaleidoscope School of Art and Main Street Art and workshops with Tom Nachreiner and Teresa Saia.
Mary enjoys growing success in painting commissioned portraits, and landscapes from her photos of the desert of California and the Northwoods of Wisconsin, two of her favorite spots. She tries to capture the soul and spirit of the beloved subjects of her pet portraits.. Her art reflects an ethereal, impressionistic feeling and sense of tranquility.
Mary’s oil and pastel works can be found in private collections in Illinois, California and Georgia.