Mary Pettis
 “Russian Fisherman”
Oil on linen
11 x 14 in.
$1,560.00 (unframed)
In her work, Mary Pettis – Expressive Realist – draws heavily upon her classical training and Russian influence. Mary has been juried into and won awards in national painting events and exhibitions from New York City to Scottsdale and Maui.
Her art has taken her to far corners in China, Russia, and much of Europe and she has exhibited at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Mary is recognized as an eloquent and respected speaker, teacher and mentor, teaching in the Upper Midwest, Tuscany, Venice, France, and Hawaii. 
Early in her career, Mary studied with Hungarian painter Bela Petheo, Richard Lack, at Atelier Lack and Daniel Graves, who later became the founder of the Florence Academy of Art. In the 1990s, Jim Wilcox introduced her to the “wet-in-wet” plein air approach and she moved her studio outdoors. Over the years she continued her studies with various teachers such as Zhang Wen Xin, Kevin MacPherson, Jove Wang, James Shoop and others.
Recently, Mary released her first ever “Catalog of Selected Works, by Mary Pettis”, available through her website in both in hardcover and softcover. This catalog contains 78 pages filled with a selection of Mary’s favorite paintings and inspiration, inviting the reader to go deeper….
“Through my art, I hope to share the profound peace, healing and joy that comes from looking deeply beyond the surface of this beautiful world.”
Mary lives along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Minnesota. Her work along with information on galleries, exhibitions, and workshops can be found on her website at
Mary Pettis
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 651-465-7012

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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