Mary Marquiss

Watercolors with thin layers of paint, creating depth and texture.

Mary Marquiss

Mary Marquiss works primarily in water-media because it allows her to build multiple, thin layers of paint, creating depth and texture in her work. The inspiration for her art comes from the beauty around her: the strength of a single flower, the mystery of a half opened door, or the voluptuous shape of a pear. Over the past several years she has found the patina of weathered materials like clay and stone extremely attractive. Her large format florals have received numerous awards from the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Mary teaches art classes in Bend, with a philosophy that encourages each student’s individual style. Her original art and limited edition prints can be seen at The Tumalo Art Co. gallery.

Mary also teaches watercolor, collage and Create a Family Cookbook classes and more. Visit her website for class schedules.

She is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

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One Woman Shows
2007 ‘In the Garden’, Tumalo Art Co., Bend, Oregon
2005 Recent Work, Cafe Sintra, Bend, Oregon
2003 ‘Places of Grace’, Tumalo Art Co., Tumalo, Oregon
2001 ‘Windows Into Summer’, Broken Top Club, Bend, Oregon

Group Exhibitions

2012 The Four Seasons – Tumalo Art Co., Bend, Oregon
2010 Cool & Hot, Tumalo Art Company
2003 Places of Grace, Tumalo Art Company
2002 ‘Fallscape’, Tumalo Art Co., Bend, Oregon
2002 ‘Florals’, Tumalo Art Co.
2001 ‘European Images’, Sunriver, Oregon
2002 ‘Warming Up’, Watercolor Society of Oregon, (WSO) Astoria
1999 ‘Three Feathers’, WSO, Portland

2002 ‘Warming Up’, Award of Achievement, Juried WSO show, Astoria
2000 ‘A Patina in Time’, Juried Competition, Sunriver Music Festival
1999 ‘Three Feathers’, Award of Distinction, Juried WSO show, Portland

Mary has been teaching art classes in “How To Create a Family Cookbook” including watercolor and collage instruction for cookbook illustrations, both in Bend and at the EVOO cooking school in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Bend Living Magazine

Watercolor Society of Oregon
Central Oregon Arts Association

2002 – Desert Sage Memories – pen and ink
2002 – Cascade Reader – pen and ink

Bachelor of Science from University of Oregon

Studied with art instructors Alex Powers, Katherine Liu, Carole Barnes, Skip Lawrence, Judi Betts, Bill Herring, Ron Ranson, Judy Morris, David Taylor, Diane Maxey, and Eric Wiegardt