As the air warms, some birds in my area have begun to searching for good nesting sites. We have a pair of nesting Great Horned Owls in a nearby Douglas Fir. What a wonderful treat to listen to the male call to his mate as she incubates her eggs, and hear her response. Remembering a backyard nest, and memories of Easter egg gathering motivated me
About Mary RollinsI am a Pacific NW Artist painting streams, floral & wildlife. My paintings are known for their brilliant colors, dramatic light and shadow contrast. Water Media Colors I paint with transparent watercolors to capture the vibrant colors of the life around me. Recently, I've been especially drawn to using cattle as the subjects of my art. Designs in nature begin outside my doorstep.
Mornings are still quite chilly in The Dalles, Oregon, but I definitely have springtime on my mind. Pruning roses and fruit trees, cleaning up the perennial flowers, and replenishing the raised beds occupy my time as weather allows. When I can't dig in the dirt, I head back to my painting table. Red Poppies, watercolor, speaks to the coming explosion of floral color. This painting
Nothing brightens a winter day like finishing a painting of a flashy Longhorn heifer. The added bonus is how well her name, Chex My Girl, works as the title. This handsome animal dwells at the Fey Longhorn Ranch, in the Willamette Valley. Chex My Girl is an original watercolor, 29" x 31", and it will be included with my body of work for the Gorge
Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour takes place April 20-22. Forty-one artists from Cascade Locks to The Dalles will open their studios to the public. During this free event, we will display and sell our work, and demonstrate our specialties. Mark your calendars, and enjoy the Columbia River Gorge at the peak of its wildflower bloom. I'd love to have you stop by and visit me!
I recently completed Contentment, 18" x 14", watercolor. These relaxed subjects are pastured at the end of our street. Every time I hear the cattle lowing, I'm transported back to my farm childhood days.
January finds me focusing on a new body of work to present to the public this spring. I will be a participating artist in the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour, which involves 41 artists from Cascade Locks to The Dalles. Mark your calendar for April 20-23, 10am-5pm each day. This event is free to the public! Morning Mist, (watercolor, 29" x 37") is a view
My watercolor process in a time-lapse video of "Late Summer Splendor".
"Cornhusk Treat" received an award of distinction from juror, Paul Jackson, for the Fall Watercolor Society of Oregon show. It is included in a traveling show with the other nineteen award winning watercolors. For November and December, these paintings will hang at the Beaverton Library. The the exhibit will then travel to the Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton) for January and most of February. The
Phase one of my sunflower watercolor: painting the background and petals. http://youtu.be/0onATYStamQ
I'm pleased to share that my painting, "Cornhusk Treat", has been accepted into the Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall Show! Thank you, Juror Paul Jackson. Mount Hood Community College Visual Arts Gallery will exhibit the 80 selected paintings for this transparent watercolor show. Opening reception will be on Oct. 6, and the show will run Oct. 3-30.