My artistry reflects a quiet rebellion against literal reality, while remaining grounded in an appreciation for the beauty contained in our everyday environment. I strive to capture light in its various phases, to present subjects and detail with a looseness and freedom that do not violate the integrity of those elements, and to share a vision with the viewer of the uncommon in the common.
Born Mary Ann Styer in rural Pennsylvania, my parents were hard working farmers. They were wonderfully encouraging to a child who usually looked at life a little differently and was always “creating something”— many times a mess.
Then they gave me my first easel.
Now Mary Holton, I was educated as a commercial artist, working for local publications, even briefly publishing an art and event guide with a friend. During my mid years, losing two very important people in my life subdued my artistic expression. To sustain my emotional balance, I focused on my family and professional career… yet all the while being pulled back to the canvas. Finally through the support of my husband Tom, I was able to reopen that door to creativity.
Having studied the simplicity and color of Hawthorne, the intensity and mystery of Leffel, and the technique of painting with a knife to maintain the integrity of color and light, I feel I am able to draw the viewer right into the painting. Continuing to study locally through The Yellow Springs Studio, my paintings are presently shown through various Delaware Valley galleries, in my personal home studio near Valley Forge, and now for the first time on Cape Cod.
My husband, a professional photographer, and I visit Provincetown multiple times a year to be artistically re-charged and emotionally energized.