I became interested in art at a very young age. I had an aunt who was an artist and she encouraged my mother to have me take art lessons. These small class lessons continued through junior high school. I continued art classes on and off through high school. I didn’t major in art in college, but took quite a few hours of Commercial Art. After marriage and three children were born, I began taking lessons from Kandy Tate and Wilma Wethington and continued for quite a few years.
Later I took numerous workshops in Taos, New Mexico from several different well known artists at the Donner Ranch. Each session lasted a week and we painted, ate and slept at the ranch.
I worked in water colors, pastels, acrylics and oils, but later stuck with oils and painted mainly landscapes and a few still lifes. Earlier I took lessons in silversmithing, ceramics and cloisonne.
Many of my landscapes were painted in New Mexico, Montana, Colorado and Kansas Flint Hills. Spending several months each summer in Montana and living in a house near my daughter. l had a studio outback in a Ponderosa Pine Forrest. It was a very inspirational place to be. We had deer, wild turkeys, elk and occasionally a bear to keep us company. Numerous mountain streams and lakes were nearby. I never lacked for subject matter to paint.
Mary Aikins email: firstname.lastname@example.org