This blog post is aptly named, since it was the title for my painting exhibition last month.

I promised I would post the show online, so here are all 19 paintings. They are oil painted on birch panel mounted on cradleboard. I hate how trendy cradelboard is now, but alas; I hate canvas. Some of these are still available and still grace the walls of Argyle Fine Art.

AND….. (drum roll).. the other reason for posting this is to happily announce that I will be having another solo show at Argyle in spring 2014! Stay tuned for more info and works -in-progress (I promise to do it this time)..

But for now, here is the most recent body of work to finally get posted on my blog. I hope you enjoy.


Gray Wall (Bauer St.) (2013),  11″ x 14″


Clothsline (2013), 11″ x 14″


Contrasts (2013), 11″ x 14″


Glow (Beech Street), (2013), 10″ x 10″


How te Light Hit II (2013), 6″ x 8″


How the Light Hit (2013), 6″ x 8″


Green House (Hydrostone), (2013), 12″ x 16″


Yellow Door (Falkland St.) (2013), 12″ x 16″


Dusk, MacKay Bridge (2013), 30″ x 32″


Smoke (Tufts Cove) (2013), 12″ x 12″


Morning Light, Hydrostone (Kane St.) (2013), 12″ x 12″


Winter Shadows (Saunders Park) – Diptych (2013), 10″ x 18″


Joe’s Kwik-Way (Cornwallis & Maynard St.) (2013), 24″ x 30″


Storm Approaching (Agricola St.) (2013) 16″ x 20″


Yellow House (Agricola St.) (2013), 12″ x 16″


Sunset on Agricola Street (2013), 24″ x 36″


Pink Clouds, Kaye Street (2013), 16″ x 20″


Reflection (Clifton St.) (2013), 20″ x 24″


June Street (2013), 24″ x 24″


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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  1. Amanda says:

    Mary, your paintings are amazing!

  2. Blair H says:

    Hi Sis and thanks for the update.

    Always a pleasure to hear of your success’. I’m so proud of you. You’re practically a celebrity now. Folks from afar will soon be saying, “Halifax ??….hmmmm,… oh yes, that’s where the famous artist, Mary Garoutte is from”.

    I’ve got some interesting news for you too…

    Seems strange but I believe this is the second time you and I have exchanged interesting career stories in the same time frame. You see, Loyalist Arms got mentioned in the Chronicle Herald today…Check out this link.

    I guess the Lord has a great sense of humor since He chooses to do things in pairs or at least in ways that have us scratching our heads and thinking….. Wow, too much of a co-incidence.

    The main thing is that He is alive & well and still blessing us to no end. It just makes Him happy to show us His love I guess.

    God Bless Sis. Have a great day and keep up the good work. Love, Bro.Blair.

    Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 03:21:24 +0000 To:

  3. Brett says:

    I love the emotion conveyed in all these! Very nicely done!

    • I liked how you put it in your blog feature – that the works reminded you of Hopper’s. The isolated, yet mundane, everyday spaces and light he so well painted was something I had subconsciencly been influenced by at the time when I painted the ‘Post Cards from Home’ series. It was more evident to me later on as I kept painting this kind of subject-matter of this influence and how universal it is -not just Halifax streets and architecture; which was what I thought I was soley attracted to and after at the time I painted this body of work. Thanks for your comments! Always appreciated!

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