Mary Datum

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Mary Datum is an artist living in Southwest Missouri in the city of Joplin. Her current medium of choice is oils. She was raised in Northern California and Nevada.Her artistic process began as a young child during frequent excursions to the San Francisco fine arts museums. The De Young and the Asian Art Museum were her favorites. Now, her primary source of inspiration for her diverse subject matter comes from the simple things in nature and around the home and in the beauty of Southwest Missouri Ozarks.Painting is a way to get lost in whatever she is creating, to feel not just see. When drawing or painting an animal or person she tries to instill a look of life in their eyes.Her art work is in many private residences throughout the U.S. Her art can also be seen at Urban Art Gallery, Joplin, Missouri and ArtForms Gallery, Pittsburg Kansas.She participates in workshops to expand her knowledge and continue to grow as an artist. She feels that painting is a lifelong process of learning and growing. She currently is a member of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Artists of Northwest Arkansas, Circle of Patrons - Neosho Arts Council, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society and Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.

Major Awards, Shows and Exhibitions

Still Life Award of Merit - Second Annual National Small Works Juried Show - Mena Arkansas
The 2018 SweetArts Gala Juried Fine Art Competition and Auction - Neosho, MO
Art Speaks - Art Central, Carthage, MO

Best of Show - Urban Art Gallery - JRAC Show, Memorial Auditorium, Pittsburg, Kansas
Illinois River Juried Salon - Fayetteville, Arkansas
Joplin Juried Art Fest - Joplin, MO
Spiva 70th Annual Membership Show - Joplin, Mo
Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition - Neosho, MO
Vibrant Exhibition - Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City, MO

Spectrum Art Show - Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City, MO
Spiva 69th Annual Membership Show - Joplin, MO

Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition - Neosho, MO
Hermann Jaeger Juried Fine Art competition - Neosho, MO
Spiva's 67th Membership Show - Joplin, MO