Raised along the New England coast in Connecticut, conservationist Mary Erickson has been painting since childhood. She studied at the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University, and initially pursued a career in business management. A move to Florida in 1986 stirred the desire to pursue her love of art. She began an intense, six-year self-directed study of nature and painting, supplemented with week-long workshops with nationally known oil painters. In 1993 Mary began painting professionally. Her work has been exhibited with the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and the American Society of Marine Artists, at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the National Arts Club in New York City, the Bennington Center for the Arts, the Coos Art Museum, the Florida Museum of Women Artists, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Mary has been the recipient of numerous Best in Show and First Place awards and honors throughout her career, and is represented in corporate, private, and public collections throughout the United States and Europe. Representation includes Helena Fox Fine Art in Charleston, SC; Gallery at Somes Sound, Mt. Desert, ME; The Englishman Fine Art, Naples, FL; Anderson Fine Art. St Simons Island, GA, Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, Charlotte, NC; Sheldon Fine Art in Naples, FL and Newport, RI. Since 1998 Mary has maintained studios in Marshville, NC and Venice, FL.
Note: A dedicated conservationist, the artist’s 39 acre residence in North Carolina is slated to be left for future generations as a bird sanctuary and artists’ retreat. (www.HighRidgeGardens.org)