At the First Parish Art Gallery - December 12, 2008 - January 22, 2009
I paint directly from life, from nature, from what is in front of me. I am drawn to everyday objects and simple things. The most straightforward arrangement can reveal remarkable relationships and complexities when I look closely. I aspire to share these carefully observed discoveries with you.
Still life painting and landscape painting are very different physical experiences. Objects in a still life sit obligingly without moving, allowing me more leisure to explore and to render texture and detail. Painting outdoors in a constantly changing environment forces me to apply more paint with immediacy and economy. But whether I am working in a controlled environment or in plein air, my approach to painting is the same: to directly interpret what I see.
I received my formal art training at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a degree in Illustration in 1983. I have worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, and throughout the years I have supplemented my work experience with classes in design, drawing and painting.
I have most recently been studying still life and landscape painting with Robert Douglas Hunter.
I am a member of the Newton Art Association and the Weston Arts and Crafts Association.
Guild of Boston Artists Annual Juried Show, 2008
Guild of Boston Artists, Robert Douglas Hunter Award
About the Mary Jo Rines Gallery At First Parish
The Gallery At First Parish opened September 17, 2000.
On September 13, 2011, the Standing Committee voted to name the Gallery in
honor of its founder,
Its purpose, as described by the founders:
The mission of The Gallery At First Parish is to add another dimension
The Gallery is intended to be a service to the parish, the artist and the
Mary Jo Rines, Chairman
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