Now that I’ve had some time to clear my busy schedule (and my head), and start having a life again, I wanted to post a few shots from my opening art reception before I forgot.

All I can say after spending so much time on a project (three-quarters of a year, to be exact), is that listlessness starts setting in. I have plenty projects to keep me busy, mind you, but something about finally getting around to painting those studio chairs orangey-red on a clear, autumn day on ones spare time (as fun is that is), doesn’t cut it after endless hours of the fast and the furious, of eye-popping frenzy and crazy deadlines to complete a rather large and painstakingly detailed body of work (for me, anyways). Call is the agony and ecstacy , I guess.

My painting exhibition, Post Cards from Home, was September 20th, and there was a lot of people who came out for the event. A lot of friends and aquaintances, and a lot of people I didn’t know, but the place got pretty packed at one point. Overall, the night was a lot of fun, and definitely a worth-while splash aftr all of the blood, sweat and tears..

For those of you who are local (in Halifax), the show will be up until this Saturday (October 12). 

Here are a few clippings from the ‘ol photo album, as promised.

















About mary garoutte

Welcome to Mary Garoutte Fine Art; a blog and visual diary of my inspirations and past/recent art. Mary Garoutte Fine Art is a multi-faceted proprietorship, offering fine art, live event painting, private art lessons & public workshops, art consultation and mentorship. Please periodically check-in for updates on exhibitions, classes, painting events, mentorship services, and also part-time job opportunities, such as studio assistance & photography. I am an emerging visual artist based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Originally from Mesa, Arizona, it’s has been a long journey to find my artistic roots in Eastern Canada. I studied painting at NSCAD University and majored in fine art (BFA 2004). Since graduation, I have taught painting and drawing workshops to adults and children, notably the NSCAD School of Extended Studies. I have also had the opportunity to exhibit in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. Nowadays, I occupy my time between working part-time as an arts administrator and private art instructor and part-time as a professional visual artist. I have worked for about a decade painting the quaint landscape, architecture & vernacular of Eastern Canada. Recently, I am shifting into Magic Realism with its strong and subversive narrative and dreamlike subject-matter. I am a painter who has a photographic background, and interest in the medium of film and cinematography, which is reflective in my paintings in the pre-occupation with light, shadow, and dramatic and cinematic imagery. Major influences which I attribute the aesthetic of my work include Canadian Post-Impressionism, Alex Colville, British figurative artist Lucian Freud, Surrealist artist Rene Magritte, American artists Wayne Thiebaud & Edward Hopper, as well as Canadian photographer Gregory Crewdson and film giants such as Alfred Hitchcock. I accept public and private commissions. For pricing and inquiries, please contact me through my blog or by email.
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4 Responses to Post-Frenzy

  1. Leekai Opoku says:

    Wow Mary! Awesome paintings and nice photos as well. You really are a star. Keep it up and thanks for sharing.

  2. Kennedy, Linda says:

    Hi Sweetie,

    Thanks for sending me this update with pictures; I have already forwarded your post to everyone here at work. As always, I’m proud of you! You look sweet in the picture of you standing next to your paintings as you smiled toward the camera.

    I’ll talk to you tonight,

    Love, Mom ________________________________

  3. Fine Art says:

    This is exactly what we were looking for and the content is awesome.Keep up the good work.Cheers!!

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