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Growing up in North Carolina, strong heart-responses to my environment demanded expression in a drawing. Life made more sense when I created art.  I taught myself to use value contrasts so three-dimensions emerged.  My sketchbook, "Expressiones", showed Artist Andrew Wyeth’s influence:  his environment painted in detailed realism inspired me to draw and paint my surroundings, and, ultimately explains my "People Pets and Places You Love" title.

My passion to paint ignited when I won an art award at fourteen; others' strong responses to my art fueled the flame.  I attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  More training came painting with artists in Northern Virginia and at George Mason University when they had an excellent fine arts department.  

Awards from WSNC and Outer Banks events are many. I exhibit my work locally and across the state, including at the Greenleaf Gallery in Duck, the Christmas Shop in Manteo, Gaskins Gallery, and the Sea and Sound Gallery in Manteo.  Recently, "Old Nags Head Pier", was honored to be chosen for the cover of the 2017 OBX "Beach Book" phone book. 

Whether teaching classes and workshops or joining others to paint for fun, the synergy generated when painting with others increases inspiration, imagination, and creativity. And, life still makes more sense when I create art. Nearly forty years ago, I met Jesus in a very real way, and my life and painting took on a new dynamic. Since then, my passion for drawing and painting is in thanks to Him for His gift of new life to me.  

You may find my work in leading galleries and art shows not only on the Outer Banks and around northeast North Carolina, and in public buildings and private homes throughout the United States; on line at Watercolor Society of North Carolina (; at "Mary Edwards" on facebook; and at Dare County Arts Council website (  I am a juried member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society and an active member in the local Dare County Arts Council in Manteo.

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