“In my work I aim to give a sense of peace and beauty, creating paintings with simple elegance and mood.”
Now living in Southern New Hampshire, Mary Ellen studied Fine Art and Digital Photography at Salem State College supplementing with classes at Montserrat College of Art.
As an Award winning artist she maintains a studio at Western Ave Studios in Lowell, Mass. 407A, as well as a Home Studio in Hudson, NH.
Having worked in oils, pastels, graphite, watercolor and digital photography her focus is now centered on pastel painting, preferring a highly detailed realism as seen in her still life and florals. The works of the Old Dutch Masters as well as the simple yet stunning beauty of grapes, flowers or a silver pitcher inspire her.
“My aim is to share my joy in and appreciation of the subject matter, by focusing the viewer on the details. Using sanded pastel papers allows me to build layers, helping to develop depth, shape, color, light and shadows.”
In between studio time and time spent showing in many exhibitions and Galleries over the past years, Mary Ellen enjoys teaching the skills and sharing the joy of painting. She believes that the love of painting was a God given gift to be shared with others and loves to see others succeed in their artistic endeavors under her teaching.
Mary Ellen is currently a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Hampshire, The Whistler House Museum of Art-Lowell Art Association, Inc., the Western Ave. Artist Association, Lowell, MA., the Chelmsford Art Association and a Juried Artist Member of North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.