Drawing upon her experiences traveling and interest in nature, Mary Burgess expresses herself through watercolor painting. She is especially interested in the effect of light and shadow on her subjects which she photographs, and creates the paintings in her studio. Each painting is initiated with a colorful wash which acts to provide unity in the paintings and masterful color shifts reflect the subtleties found in nature. The paint is glazed, one layer over another to achieve a rich and complex color palette.
As a longtime member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Mary’s work has been accepted into multiple juried shows and has won awards throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her work can be seen at Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, Oregon; Rain Spark Gallery in Lake Oswego, Oregon; and in various local and regional shows such as Watercolor Society of Oregon, Ode to the Tides, and the Lake Oswego Reads traveling show.
After a career of teaching art, Burgess has enjoyed spending more time at the easel, traveling and teaching small adult classes in watercolor at the Village Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Burgess is a resident of Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and small flock of chickens.