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Photo of artist: Mary Collette

Mary Collette

417 Bay Pointe
Lexington, SC 29072

843-532-0846

Mary Collette

When I was growing up, my aunt would create paintings and draw beautiful pictures. She recorded memories of the family and places they shared. She passed away earlier this year. We now look back at her paintings and enjoy all the memories. I was always intrigued by the thought of creating paintings. My desire to paint was put on hold for many years as I worked and cared for my family. During those years, I learned to design and create posters, bulletins and art projects for schools and churches, temporarily fulfilling my artistic needs. Recently, painting has become a full-time enjoyment and learning experience.

I am a native of Massachusetts relocating to South Carolina in 2003 following my husband’s military retirement. After years of working for the government, I acquired my position as manager and bookkeeper of the Cathedral in Charleston. During my employment there, I had the unique opportunity to observe students at the Gibbs Museum of Art create paintings using a variety of techniques. I have taken instructions through Barbie Mathis, Dale Bishop, Gretchen Parker, Michael Story and Melony Stuckey. In December 2019, I joined Crooked Creek Art League which has offered me the opportunity as an artist to learn and share art.

In 2020, I won first place at the Still Hopes Exhibit for the painting, “Durango Silverton River” and 2021 receiving first prize for the painting “Waiting” in the Juried Show at Crooked Creek. That same year two of my paintings were entered into the South Carolina Fair.

Gallery Cover Artwork:

(viewable HERE)

"Beautiful Eve"
Original Oil
24" x 24"

Oil Painting: "A Beautiful Eve" by artist Mary Collette

 

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