Born in Ohio, Mary grew up with a love of two things: animals and art. From an early age she began drawing creatures of all types. In an effort to keep up with their budding artist her parents enrolled her in private art lessons with a commercial cartoonist as well as lessons at the Dayton Art Institute. As a high school student her illustrations and creations frequently took top honors. Always finding new ways to incorporate her passions, she combined her love of pets and imagery with
Artist Style: Visual: Collage, Contemporary, Dream Imagery/Ethereal, Expressionistic, Illustrative, Impressionistic, Nature/Wildlife, Sacred/Liturgical Art, Symbolic
Artist Medium: Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Watercolor
My greatest passions, outside of my two-legged family, are my animals and art. From the time I could pick up a crayon I was busy drawing pictures of all sorts of creatures, horses, dogs, bunnies, birds, dragons; pretty much anything that moved!
Today that apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree, I still love to include animals–even tiny ladybugs–in my art. Watercolor is my preferred medium because it is alive and a co-creative experience. One never knows how the water, paper and pigment will react together and I love that element of surprise in my work. I find my best work is done when I let go and allow that collaboration between artist and elements to occur. I especially enjoy working with different types of paper that really expand on that interactive experience, papers such as Masa (Japanese rice paper) and Yupo (plasticized paper), in addition to the more traditional paper surfaces.
I find the use of symbols–even artifacts—in my paintings is very important. To me, art should tell a story, but sometimes the storyline isn’t always apparent; that’s where archetypes come into play. The curve of a line isn’t just a design element, it may represent the breath of God, a Reiki symbol or a change in time. I draw many of my symbols from traditional Jungian interpretation as well as New Age and Native American lore.
I prefer brilliant colors, whether jewel tone or pastel and my brushstrokes are also quite strong. I think the choice of color palette and hand the artist uses are somewhat indicative of the individual’s personality.
My goal in creating art is take the viewer to a new place, one where color, shape, life and elements combine to form a different reality, and a fresh story.
One-Woman Exhibition by Mary Clouse, at the Southside Art League, Nov. 2 – 26. Regular gallery hours 11am – 3pm. Opening reception Friday, Nov. 4 from 6-8:00pm; free.
Bachelor of Arts, Marian University, 1980
Watercolor Society of Indiana, Signature Member
Indiana Wildlife Artists
American Impressionists Society
American Watercolor Society
2014 – Riley Festival: 1st place, 3rd place, adult beginner painting
2015 – Riley Festival: 3rd place, adult intermediate painting
2016 – Indiana State Fair: 3rd place, non-professional watercolor
2016 – Riley Festival: 1st place, 3rd place, adult advanced
2017 – Hoosier Salon New Harmony show, merit award
2016 – 2017 – Art exhibited/for sale, Gallery 42
2018 – Riley Festival: 1st place, 2nd place, professional division
2018 – Watercolor Society of Indiana Annual Juried Exhibition at Newfields; finalist
2018-2019 Art exhibited for sale at Art Bank Gallery
2019 – Minnetrista – Open Space, Art About the Land – two pieces accepted in juried exhibition
2019-2020 Art exhibited for sale at Rogue Art in the Alley Gallery and Shelby Artists Guild Association Gallery
2020 – Watercolor Society of Indiana Annual Juried Exhibition at Newfields; awarded WSI Signature status
2020 – International Women in Watercolor; finalist
2020 – Hoosier Women Artists – finalist
2020 – Indiana Wildlife Artists Annual Juried Exhibition – Honorable Mention
2021 – present Art exhibited for sale at Southside Art League Gallery
2021 – Watercolor Society of Indiana Annual Juried Exhibition at Newfields; finalist
2021 – Indiana Heritage Arts – winner of Ronald O. Elkins Memorial Award
2022 – Art exhibited for sale at Anderson Museum of Art
2022 – Indiana Wildlife Artists Annual Juried Exhibition – Second place, Honorable Mention