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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 draw and organize values so three-dimensions emerged. My sketchbook, "Expressiones", showed Artist Andrew Wyeth’s influence:  his detailed realism inspired me to draw and paint my surroundings.  

My passion to paint ignited when I won an art award at fourteen. I attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco; more training came at Northern Virginia Community College and as a fine arts major at George Mason University.  

Awards from the 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.  

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, but also 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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