Mary Croley did not have the privilege of art classes when she was
a youngster, but she instinctively knew that she was an artist. While in
college, she took as many art classes as she could squeeze into her schedule
and spent a summer studying under Woody Ishmael. To continue her studies, Mary
uses books to help her learn the techniques and characteristics of other
artists. She believes that art comes from inside an artist and demands to be
let out in various forms.
Mary has used oils, pen and ink, and watercolor to express
herself. She does not paint photo-realism, but prefers loose, thick, wet on wet
oils and the wet paper techniques of watercolors. Her cypress knee creatures
are created from the root extensions of the bald cypress trees, which grow in
swampy areas. After boiling the root and skinning the bark, Mary lets it dry
thoroughly and waits for the shape of the knee to suggest the end product. She
paints the creature using an acrylic wash paint technique.
Mary’s art work is also
available at arts and crafts shows and the Crepe Myrtle Gallery in Greenville.
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