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My passion to paint ignited when I won an art award at fourteen.  With strong responses to my art the flame was fueled.  The Academy of Art in San Francisco became the source of my first instruction.  And I painted with working artists in Northern Virginia and achieved requirements for a BA 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.  Most recently, "Old Nags Head Pier", has won several awards and is honored as the choice for the the 2017 OBX "Beach Book" phone book cover. 

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 "Mary Edwards" on facebook.  I am a juried member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society and an active member in the local Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, where I've taught drawing and watercolor classes.

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