Mary Derrick, “Daydreaming,” 2016, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

It was December 2016 when we first met Ontario painter Mary Derrick and discovered the incredible story of how a special person helped lead her to art. Now she’s attending festivals and mounting this fantastic exhibition.

On view from June 3-18, “Dreamscapes: Paintings from my mind’s eye” is a lovely solo exhibition at Kawartha Artists’ Gallery & Studio in Ontario, Canada, featuring recent works by landscape painter Mary Derrick. Derrick has a knack for landscape and, in particular, atmospheric light and moody space.

Mary Derrick, “Water’s Edge,” 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches

“I paint using oils as I love their flexibility and the depth that I can achieve using them,” she says, “yet still paint starkly in order to clearly impress the emotions of the piece through the use of color, texture, composition, and movement. While my paintings use representations of nature, they have really nothing to do with nature, or a specific place, and everything to do with emotions. When I start a painting, I have no preconceived idea of what it will be. I let the canvas and the emotions running through me evolve onto the canvas, each becoming its own journey of discovery for me and, hopefully, you the viewer.”

To learn more, visit Kawartha Artists’ Gallery & Studio.

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works 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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