Artist Mary Rinderle Smith

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Raised in Erie, Pennsylvania where she began drawing and painting as a child, Mary Rinderle Smith launched an early art career with a B.A. in Art from Mercyhurst College.   She spent several years teaching art in the elementary schools of Long Island, New York   Ten years ago, after a lengthy hiatus from the art world, raising children and pursuing a long career in education, Mary returned to her first love, painting. During the past several years Mary has developed relationships with Wayne Art Center, the Chester County Art Association, and the Delaware Valley Art League where she serves on the Board of Directors.  She is also a member of the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay,  and a Signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society.  During 2019 Mary, along with five other dedicated pastel artists, helped to found the Philadelphia Pastel Society.  She is now an active Board member, working as both Workshop Manager and Webmaster.
 Mary has studied with local pastel artists Teresa DeSeve, and Madeleine Kelly, and nationally known pastelists Richard McKinley, Casey Klahn,  Jen Evenhaus,  Dawn Emerson, and Sally Strand, among others.  She has participated in figure work with several local groups and oil painting workshops with nationally known artists.  Mary also paints each summer with a LandArt Events Plein Air group.
Mary  sees a challenge in the beauty of the natural world.   As a painter, she works to emphasize the fluidity of each scene while she looks for warm lights, rich colors, and strong shadows.   Recent work has included plein air landscapes and figure studies in charcoal, oil, and pastel. In recent years Mary has painted and shown her work with:

 Philadelphia Watercolor Society International Exhibitions
 Maryland Pastel Society National Exhibitions
 LandArt Events Plein Air programs
 Plein Air Brandywine Valley
 Radley Run Country Club
 Kendel Retirement Community
 Plein Air Coastal Delaware
 Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painter’s [...]

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