Artist Mary Jobin will be showcased in the Brick Wall Gallery this month.
I've always had an interest in art as far back as I can remember. Growing up in a large family and loving to be outside, gave me time to be creative. I was always drawing or making something with anything I could find. As time went on and by working with a variety of mediums over the years, I have found Oil paint to be my favorite way of expression. I love the vibrancy of the colors, the way they blend and the texture you can get.
The technique I use is painting wet paint into wet paint or "ala prima". My favorite is to add texture in my work by the use of the palette knife alone, or sometimes along with the brush. My inspiration comes from the beauty of the places I have visited, the unusual architecture of buildings that I've come across, and the interesting people I see. I am also amazed by the way light, color and angles can affect what you are painting. I try to express the uniqueness of each subject and to capture the atmosphere of the place to invite the person into the painting.
I have exhibited in the public since 1996 and have been a member of many surrounding art guilds including the Mid-Michigan Art Guild, The Jackson Civic Art Association, the Shiawassee Art Council, The Lansing Art Gallery, The National Collage Society, The Manistee Art Guild, and The Lansing Art Council.
I've had many one-person shows and have exhibited in numerous group shows. My work has been juried into shows such as the Ella Sharp Museum Art Competition, Potter Art Center Shows, Christian Art Show, Shiawassee Art Shows and more. I have been represented by Mootzies Gallery in Owosso and the Shiawassee Art Council and the Jackson Civic Art Association and in Manistee. At present, I have some work on exhibit at the Michigan 8th Congressional District Office in Lansing.