Artist Mary Drastal

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My childhood was spent in Webster Groves, Missouri.  I discovered my love for art very early in elementary school. My parents were supportive as I pursued my art education.  I obtained an undergraduate degree in art from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  I also hold a Master’s degree in painting from Fontbonne University, and an MAT in gifted art education from Maryville University.  Both universities are located in St. Louis, Missouri. 
My career has involved teaching art for 30 years in the public school districts in St. Louis County.  I am the founder of the Summer Arts Institute at Maryville University, I directed and taught in this visual arts program for middle and high school gifted artists.  I was on the founding team of the Arts Ahead Gifted Academy in the Ladue School District.  I also taught art foundations for Fontbonne University. 
My painting experience includes the media of oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel.  My work includes portraiture, landscape and still life. I especially enjoy working PleinAir.  Painting outdoors in my beautiful state is always a thrill for me.  I love our river systems, rock bluffs, and rolling meadows.
I belong to several regional art associations and exhibit work regularly. My work is seen at the OA Gallery in Kirkwood, The Galleries at Heartland Art Club in Kirkwood, the Green Door Gallery in Webster Groves, the Train Depot in Washington, and the Zeke Gallery in Steelville.  I welcome commissions.  My memberships include the Gateway Pastel Society, Best of Missouri Hands, St. Louis Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Mid Missouri Fine Arts, and Greater St. Louis Art Association. Supporting artist groups is very important to me.  I am passionate about living in a community that enjoys a strong arts council.

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