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Artist Mary Opat


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Biography


 
Born and raised in Iowa, Mary now resides in San Tan Valley, AZ in the Pheonix metro area.  Mary was drawn to making art from a young age.  She gained attention for her artwork throughout her school years.  When her father purchased a set of paints and a roll of canvas for her, a whole new world opened up.
 
Mary chose Art Education and Commercial Art as her college majors.  “I had a truly gifted professor and mentor while in the fine arts program at the University of Central Missouri.  Although abstract painting was becoming popular, he insisted that his students study the masters and spend many hours drawing from life.  I’ll always be grateful for his solid instruction and the high quality of work that he demanded.  He happened to be the Dean of the School of Arts and offered me a job in the graphic arts department.”  Although circumstances took her elsewhere, his faith in her as an artist bolstered her confidence and gave her hope that a successful art career was possible. 
 
Mary’s artistic aspirations were put on hold when she married, raised six wonderful children, and worked in the corporate world, but the dream of an art career never left.  Years later, a few successful public murals and commissioned oil paintings gave her the courage to take her art to the next level.  The move from the Midwest to Arizona seemed the perfect time to make the dream a reality.
 
She works in oils, acrylic and charcoal.   Although the subject matter of her paintings is varied, they usually have bright color and a good deal of contrast in common.   “It's difficult to choose one style and it varies depending on my mood.  I’m always looking for subjects that resonate with me, and I’m drawn to painting people above all [...]

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