From a very young age creating art has been important to Mary. She was constantly drawing, painting, and creating things in her youth, and for as long as she can remember her desire has been to be an artist. Mary attended the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland where she graduated with honors in Printmaking.
After meeting her husband and moving to the United States, Mary attended Rhode Island College for a short time to pursue a degree in Art Education, and in the ensuing years was involved in varying degrees with teaching art while busy raising a family.
In 2010, Mary began to study painting with Bruce Becker at The Warehouse Studios in Reading, and ultimately fell in love with oil painting, which quickly became her primary medium. Lately she has begun to explore watercolors, which allows her to express her ideas through a very different creative process.
Mary paints in a very realistic style using a variety of topics. She draws inspiration from the simplicity of everyday life that surrounds us and her desire is to have people see the ordinary in an entirely different light. She is inspired by the early Dutch painters, especially by their use of light and subject matter.
Mary is a member of The Warehouse Studios, Art Plus Galleries, and has exhibited at the Goggle Works, Berks Community, YR Club, Say Cheese, Tri- County Art Show, along with work in private collections. She also teaches middle and high school art at Conestoga Christian School in Morgantown, PA. 1st place in 2015 the Hamburg Area Art Alliance Juried Show.
I would love to hear from you! -Mary Burke