Artist Mary Pettis

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The Artist Says:

“There is a Spirit, a soulfulness, a connectedness within and among everything that light can touch. I love the inherent beauty and language of paint itself, and to share my impressions of this elegant world.”

Collectors Say:

"Mary Pettis is a consumate artist of light and movement. Her work is superb and her observation of light, landscape, objects and people is among the very best today. She imbues her work with a poetic tone that is her own and whether it be in bright sunlight or soft moonlight, her light is true, honest and unmistakable. I love her work and I have awarded her several well-deserved awards over the years."

Jean Stern

Executive Director,The Irvine Museum, Irvine, CA

Dealers Say:

"The mastery in Mary's work is a collector's dream come true."

Palms Gallery


Other Artists Say:

I have great admiration for Mary Pettis, as an artist and as a teacher. My admiration for her deepened when she presented a Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop for North Dakota Chautauqua in 2007. I was impressed to see how skillfully she inspired experienced artists as well as beginners as they painted side by side. Mary has a gift for taking the individual where he or she is at, and giving each one the encouragement and stimulation that often enables them to go beyond their expectations. Mary sees beauty everywhere. She empowers her students to do the same. —Anne-Marit Bergstrom
Mary’s mentoring has greatly advanced my skills and expanded my artistic vision. The time I have spent with her has moved me closer to the artist I want to be. Mary’s knowledge, enthusiasm, and generosity have been invaluable. —Michele Combs
Mary's workshop was Awesome. It was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done for myself. All I can say is Amazing. —Tom Pace


In her work, Mary Pettis, Expressive Realist, draws heavily upon her classical training and Russian influence. Mary has been juried into and won awards in national and international painting events and exhibitions from New York City to Scottsdale and Maui to Barcelona.
Designated in 2017 as an ARC Living Master™ (ARCLM™) by the Art Renewal Center, Mary is also a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS), the Oil Painters of America (OPA), and the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).
Her art has taken her to the far corners of the world: China, Russia, and much of Europe. She has exhibited widely, including the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and collectors of her work reach across the globe. Mary is recognized as an eloquent and respected speaker, teacher and mentor, teaching in the Upper Midwest, Tuscany, Venice, France, and Hawaii.  
Early in her career, Mary studied with Hungarian painter Bela Petheo; Richard Lack, at Atelier Lack; and Daniel Graves, who later became the founder of the Florence Academy of Art. In the 1990s, Jim Wilcox introduced her to the “wet-in-wet” plein air approach and she moved her studio outdoors. Over the years she continued her studies with various teachers including Daniel Gerhartz, Zhang Wen Xin, Kevin MacPherson, Jove Wang, and James Shoop. 
Now she divides her time equally between the studio and outdoors. Her decades of training and the experiences from hundreds of plein air paintings are a catalyst for a symbolic visual language of expression that celebrates the beauty, dignity and worth of this world and its inhabitants.
Mary and her husband Randy live along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Minnesota. Her work, along with information on galleries, exhibitions, and workshops can be found on her website at www.marypettis.com.  

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