Mary Shea is an accomplished painter and printmaker. Her teaching experience spans twenty years, and includes teaching university undergraduate and graduate students as well as numerous community education classes and workshops. She exhibits often, and her work is in public and private collections throughout the U.S.
Mary’s training in art includes an MFA in drawing from the University of Cincinnati, a BFA in painting and sculpture from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and study at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture and the Yale Summer School of Music and Art. However, her principal teachers have been the artists, both past and present, in whose work she admires the fusing of draughtsmanship and color sense. She has had long-standing “crushes” on Edgar Degas, Pierre Bonnard, Chaim Soutine and Jean-Antoine Watteau, among others. She combines her love of drawing with her response to color by making paintings which she often considers to be “drawn in color.” Her interest is equally divided among the figure, landscape, domestic interiors and gardens. She enjoys mixing media, is more drawn to paper than canvas, and, like her admired forebears, often tends toward the intimate in both subject matter and scale.