Artist Mary Staby

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“From one end of the globe to the other — Norsk by Southwest — my heritage, home, and travels take my cameras and paintbrushes and pencils to places far apart by distance, but close by association,” says black and white handcolored artist Mary E. Staby of Salida, Colorado.  “Enjoy my paintings and let them bring a smile to you,” she adds.
Mary’s family roots are deep in Denmark and Norway and they still have contact with both sides of the family in the Norsk countries. She has traveled throughout most of Denmark and Norway by car and by boat, even driving the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes on the Russian border, a distance of over 2,200 miles.     
Her favorite subjects include water, boats and all the wide-open spaces that the sea offers, and by contrast, the mountains, lakes and rivers of her home in Colorado and the Great Southwest.  Photographic paintings are from Mary’s travels to Norway, Denmark, France, Mexico, the American Southwest and Midwest, and Colorado. Most recently with her husband, she drove in a soft-top Jeep the entire Baja from Cabo San Lucas to Mexicali, a distance of 1,000 miles.

 Mary’s paintings emphasize geometric shapes with architectural points of perspective and celebrate color for the pure joy of color. 
The cameras she uses are a Nikon F4S 35mm and a Rolleiflex 2 1/4. Her choice is black and white film and she prints with care each silver gelatin print in a traditional darkroom using archival processes.
“The magic that happens when the image first appears in the developing tray never grows old," Mary explains.
The black and white images are printed on fiberbase paper, which allows the application of oils and oil pencils to the surface. The color choices are hers — she does not shoot the [...]

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