“I love to paint in the early morning and the late afternoon when the landscape is bathed in color, vibrant beyond description. At these times, even the most unexceptional subject is transformed by an almost mystical light; and the beauty of Gods’ creation is revealed. I cannot begin to capture all this on canvas. All I can hope to do is express my joy at the privilege of seeing, and perhaps persuade others to really look.”
Mary Lou Liberty, a former school teacher and native of Northeast Kansas, has resided in Luling, Louisiana since 1971. After moving to the New Orleans area, Mary Lou began to pursue further her life-long passion for art. She enrolled at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, studying painting, drawing, sculpture and calligraphy. In addition, she has taken advantage of many excellent painting workshops taught by nationally recognized artists. The instructors who have had the most influence on her work are Auseklis Ozols, of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, and the late Henry Hensche of the Cape School of Art at Provincetown, Mass.
Mary Lou has exhibited in numerous juried national, international, local and regional shows as well as taking part in many gallery and museum exhibitions. Her work has toured the United States with Watercolor USA and with the Degas Pastel Society Traveling Exhibition. While studying at the Art Academy, Mary Lou was the recipient of two of that schools most prestigious honors, The Gwendolyn Ozols Award and the Walter Stumphig Award. Her work was the subject of an article entitled ” The World of impressionism” in River Parish Focus Magazine. The artist is represented in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan.