Creating moods and communicating contemporary messages with color, texture and shape are the central elements of M. Dickens paintings. Her work deals with translating images of time and nature enlisting a emotional response. In developing her own personal style, Mary selects a subject for her paintings primarily to express a personal viewpoint between the balance of organic and geometric images in life and to present that image with a basic relationship highlighting realism, abstraction and impressionism. She paints varied subjects, from landscapes to still life, in a strong color harmony with a close attention to detail, texture, mood and light contrasts.
Born in Dallas, Texas, and starting with undergraduate and graduate degrees grounded in advertising, marketing, public relations and education, Mary continues to further her art studies with an advanced critique group established at The Glassell School of Art, affiliated with The Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, and under the professional direction of noted Houston artist Arthur Turner. She has also studied with several well known local, state, national and international artists such as Frank Webb, Carl Dalio, Gerald Brommer, Judi Betts, Linda Doll, Virginia Cobb, Polly Hammet, Milford Zornes and Stephen Quiller, and frequently still attends available workshops and seminars to update and explore new art techniques, styles and theories.
Mary is a member of numerous state and national art societies and organizations, including The Watercolor Art Society (WAS-H), The Art League of Houston, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Society of Experimental Artists, and others. She has exhibited her paintings in several solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and nationally since 1970. Her works can be found in many private and corporate collections.
Art is a mirror to life and to the feelings revealed within every soul. ---- M. Dickens