Artist Mary O. Smith

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Mary O. Smith was born in 1960 and raised in Louisiana. She studied in fine arts and design. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1982 with a bachelor of Design.  After college, she worked as an interior designer for an architectural firm in Valdosta, Georgia and used her drawings skills for their architectural and interior renderings as well.

In 1996, Mary o. developed her interest and love for watercolor and began to study under wonderful artists such as Tony Van Hasselet, Judi Wagner, Judi Betts, and Roberta Carter Clark. Intrigued with the loose and fluid qualities of the medium, she incorporated these qualities in her own loose and expressive style. In 1997-2002, she opened her own gallery/studio in St. Marys, Georgia. Her studio is now in Steinhatchee, Florida. Her work has been represented in galleries in the Southeast. She is a member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society and the Tallahassee Watercolor Society and a board member of Pines and Palms out of Thomasville, Ga.

In 2005, she became a signature member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and has won prizes in their national and member shows.  In 2014 her watercolor "On The Blocks" won an Honorable Mention in the Tallahassee Watercolor Society Tri-State show and was accepted in the Southern Watercolor Society Show 2015 with the same painting and showed again in 2016.  She has won local and national shows with her watercolors and oils. She was invited to participate in Disney’s “Festival of the Masters” in Orlando, Fl. after winning Best of Show in festivals in the Southeast.

Published in 2000, she was featured in the National magazine Watercolor Magic as “Ones to Watch” and again in 2006 December issue in the same magazine in an [...]

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