Raised along the New England coast in Connecticut, conservationist Mary Erickson has been painting since childhood. Erickson studied at the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University, and initially followed a career in business management. After a move to Florida in 1986, she began an intense, self-directed study of nature and painting, supplemented with week-long art workshops with contemporary artists.
Through dedication and hard work, she realized a long held dream, and in 1993 Mary began painting professionally. Since 1998 Mary has maintained studios in Marshville, NC and Venice, FL. Preferring to work on location, she portrays the shoreline with commitment to the subject and captures the beauty of the landscape. In the tradition of Roger Tory Peterson and James Audubon, Mary’s passion and devotion to the marine environs and shorebirds that inhabit it pay homage to her deep love and respect for her subjects. Several weeks every summer are spent on the coast of Maine, painting en plein air, capturing the timeless essence of that rocky shore.
Mary’s 39 acre property in North Carolina is listed on the NC Birding Trail, and is slated to be left for future generations as an artists’ retreat and bird sanctuary. www.highridgegardens.org.
Original works can be purchased at many fine galleries, including Elder Gallery in Charlotte. For info: www.MaryEricksonART.com