" Painting is my tool of expression. I hope to use it to allow those who view my work an opportunity to hear a colourful voice and to see beyond the paint "
Mary-Leigh is a Calgary Alberta artist and instructor who once considered herself an artistic jack-of-all-trades dabbling in any artistic medium she could get her hands on for years.
After raising her children she focused her attention on developing more refined skills in only a select few areas and media. Watercolor rapidly became her primary medium but the first time she painted in oil she was smitten.
Today she likes to present the everyday people and subjects she encounters in such a way as to convey the beauty she sees even in the simplest things. Portraits are her passion and she finds no shortage of fascinating people to paint whether close to home or abroad.
She attended school in Ontario where she was fortunate enough to enroll in and graduate from a fine arts high school and then continued on to study at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
Her pursuit of all things artistic over the years led to studies at Mount Royal College, S.A.I.T, Swinton’s, The Wildflower Arts and Crafts Centre and just about anywhere else she could find a program of interest. These included drawing, fashion design, sculpture, printmaking and ultimately painting. As a recovering jack-of-all-trades she has found a comfortable yet exciting home as a mixed media artist.