Light Chasers
Plein Air Painters of the Suncoast

Mary Erickson - Featured Artist

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Extraordinary artist, extraordinary environmentalist! Often named the “Queen of Palms”, few can match her excellence in capturing beach scenes, palm hammocks, and the marshes of Florida. Mary paints Maine and the South with as fine an eye and brush as she paints Florida. Mary’s legacy to North Carolina is 39 acres of land in Marshville for birders and artists to enjoy for centuries to come. Her bird paintings are sensitive and impressive. Mary prefers to work on location outside, or as the French Impressionists called this “en plein air”. She creates field studies then returns to the studio to produce larger paintings using the studies and visual knowledge from painting outside. Her sensitivity to the land we all live on is present in each of her beautiful paintings. She is represented by seven fine art galleries in the United States, including Palm Avenue Fine Art in Sarasota.
Mary’s FREE demo for the Light Chasers this year date is not yet decided. Last year he held her demo at her studio in Venice. Artists learned how to use plein air references to build studio paintings. Wherever she is this year, you will want to get there early. Mary always has a big crowd and everyone is always delighted. Mary is approachable and she carefully considers artist’s questions. This is a major Light Chaser event every year
Mary also hosts artists and bird watchers at her wonderful place in Marshville, North Carolina. You can read more about her legacy to artists and bird watchers here.

Mary is a founding member of SPAA (Southern Plein Air Artists,) a member of The Group of Eight, and The Florida Four. These are all Southern based alliances that are intent on recording the scenery of the rapidly vanishing natural southern landscape. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).In addition to Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists. Mary’s memberships include the Oil Painters of America and the American Impress

Mary winters in Venice, and for several years she has summered in Maine.

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  • Demo:  TBD
  • Location:  TBD
  • Mini Workshop:  TBD
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