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Mary Weil

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Mary Weil grew up in Kansas, looking at big wide landscapes, subtle colors, and a lot of sky. She inherited her father's artistic talent, taking art courses in college with a focus in textiles. Then the travel bug took her to many parts of the world, including two years in Cost Rica in the Peace Corps, eventually settling down with family and husband on 40 acres near Dundee, Oregon in 1981. Raising two children and helping run an international based nursery business with her husband made life pretty complete, but she always hoped that the artistic side would get a chance to thrive.

In 2007 she took a pastel painting class with Marla Baggetta, and was taken by the colors, the drawing and painterly aspects, and just the joy of Plein Air landscape painting. She packed her pastels on trips to Italy, camping, & Zion NP to paint by herself. The vibrant colors of the pastel medium, when combined with her love of drawing as well as painting, continue to challenge & captivate her.

Then, as she says, "Life surprised her" with a diagnosis of CML Leukemia. Gratefully, after a two-year break, she was able to resume and expand her artistic learning and now lives a very normal & healthy life.

Since 2012, she has completed workshops with Marla Baggetta (OR), Susan Day (OR), Susan Ogilvie (WA), Kim Casebeer (KS), Brenda Broylan (OR), Michael Chesney Johnson (WA) and most recently Albert Handell (AZ), and Diana Sanford (WA). These exceptional artists are generous Mentors, and their dedicated expertise, friendship, & encouragement continue to be enormous resources of inspiration and learning for her.

Paintings began to accumulate in her studio (formerly her daughter's bedroom). With the encouragement of an artist friend, she was asked to have her first and solo show at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, OR in December of 2015.

She is extremely honored to be selected for the 2016 Northwest Pastel Society 30th Annual International Open Exhibit at The American Art Company in Tacoma 65/7 - 6/11,2016, and looks forward to creating & learning each and every day.

"As we grow older, we realize just how limiting were our earlier conceptions. Art is something else. Art is fluid, transmutable, open-ended, never complete, and never perfect. Art is an event." (Robert Genn)

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mail: mary@treeconnect.com

Cell: 503.522.2917 Mary Weil PO Box 515 Dundee, OR 97115