Mary Lou Correia
Mary Lou Correia’s inspiration for painting arises from observing Nature and man’s gentle intrusion into it – the angular slope of an old barn, reflections in a quiet stream, the changing of light of a pastoral scene.
Influenced by the Impressionists’ use of brilliant, sensuous layers of color, she observes the grace and beauty of Nature to capture a vignette in time. Painting loosely with exuberant brush strokes, her vibrant color combinations express the changing moods of the landscapes. Challenged by painting pure landscape with only the hint of human presence, her painting encourages the viewer to appreciate and preserve landscape for future generations.
Mary Lou has a classical art education. She received a bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University, followed by graduate work at CCAC in Oakland. After an early career teaching art at Salinas High School and Monterey Community College, she worked for a number of years as a designer and as Director of Publication for Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. Mary Lou has received many awards and exhibited through the Bay Area and nationally, including Oil Painters of America Annual Show, Washington D.C.; Plein Air Painting Festivals in: Carmel; Marinscapes Festival; Carquinez Scene on the Straits.
Her works are in collections throughout the world and she exhibits at several galleries in California including Beck Gallery in San Anselmo, Portnoy Gallery in Carmel, Studio 7 Fine Art in Pleasanton and Christian Daniels Gallery in San Francisco. Recent solo exhibitions include Walt Wines in Sonoma.