Artist Mary Datum

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It is never too late to pursue your dreams. Go for it and don't look back.


As a child Mary was drawn to the realists and would often try to duplicate the paintings that she saw in art museums. She works mainly in oils and her art today is considered realistic. Mary’s sources of inspirations come from ordinary things around the home, simple things in nature, beauty of the Ozarks, people, farmland and animals. She feels that bringing joy or stirring up memories in people who view her art is her purpose. Mary believes that ‘art is a lifelong process of learning and growing’, and tries to participate in workshops given by artists that she admires. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society, American Women Artists, Springfield Arts Council, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Circle of Patrons and Neosho Arts Council.

She has participated in local and national shows and have received awards for her art. Mary's art is in many private collections in the United States and Japan.
Major Awards, Shows and Exhibitions
Fourth Annual National Small Works Juried Show - Mena Arkansas
Merit Award in Oil Painting - 25th Annual Thomas Hart Benton Competition - Neosho MO
Fourth Place - 24rd Annual Thomas Hart Benton Competition - Neosho, MO
Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Art Exhibition - Arkansas and Oklahoma (thourgh 2020)
Third Annual National Small Works Juried Show - Mena Arkansas
ArtCentral's 2019 Annual Membership Exhibition - Carthage Mo

Merit Award - Oil Painting - 23rd Annual Thomas Hart Benton Competition - Neosho, MO
The 24th Annual ANA Regional Juried Art Exhibition - Art Ventures, Fayetteville, AR 
Front and Center - Columbus, Kansas 
Art at the Center Feature Show 2018 - Overland Park, Kansas  
Stems Plein Air Paint Event 2018 -  Overland Park, Kansas
Still Life Award of Merit - Second Annual National Small Works Juried Show - Mena Arkansas
The 2018 SweetArts Gala Juried Fine Art Competition and Auction - Neosho, MO
Art Speaks - Art Central, Carthage, MO

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