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About Me

I'm Mary Anne Carley

I am an eighty-seven-year-old Connecticut artist.  I have been painting most of my life, starting as a child painting murals on my bedroom walls. I do have a MS and BS in Art and Education and I did teach art many years ago.

Throughout my lifetime I have received many local awards. Here are some of the more significant ones:

  • Exhibited at a Connecticut Watercolor Society juried show at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.
  • Showed at the Tang Gallery at Skidmore College.

  • Am permanently online in several of the Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts juried collections.
  • Had my piece of Jesus is Always There featured by The Church Publishing, Inc. in ECVA’s “Christian Planning Calendar 2017-2018.”
  • Had my image of Mary chosen by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for the Bishop’s Christmas Card in 2015 and several years later another image of Mary of mine was chosen by the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut for their Bishop’s Christmas card.

My focus is to capture the mood, movement and color of whatever she I am seeing, thinking or visualizing. I use this same focus with whatever I am working on and with whatever media I am using. Sometimes my watercolors are first drawn with pens.  I then paint the shapes in, right up to the lines, just like coloring in coloring book pages. I love to watch the lines run when the paint touches them. 

When painting with acrylics I quickly draw with the paint directly from the tube and paint in the shapes with a palette knife blending and mixing the colors.  It’s something like frosting a cake, a cake of many colors. 

Mono printing is also great fun,” in which I also use my beloved acrylics.  I create the image on the plate by using brayers and palette knives.  No printing press is needed. I place a sheet of paper over the plate, rub it with my hands and then gently lift the paper off the plate and watch for the results.  

I want the “Wow” look in my work.  I want spontaneity and I want my work to be different and unusual.  I love to create.  

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.

That’s me with seven of my eight great grandchildren.

Here I am in the 50’s painting outside.

And here I was recently photographed while painting blue hydrangeas.

Here is the finished piece, Hydrangeas.

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