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About the Artist:
Mary Lou Dauray is an award-winning artist and consummate traveler. While journeying throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East, she painted, sketched and photographed the awe-inspiring vistas. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States including those at the Virginia Museum, Blue Planet juried show sponsored by The Pacific Coast Region of Women’s Caucus for Art, Gallery 111 juried exhibition in Sausalito, CA, and Runnymede Corporate Headquarters, Virginia. Her work is in numerous public collections including the Sophie Davis Medical School, City College of New York, and many private collections. She is also an award-winning interior designer, received Best of Show at ARTworksSF and she is a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She is also a member of WEAD-Women Environmental Artists Directory and the Global Alliance for the Arts and is a member of Manhattan Arts International. She received a BA from the University of Rhode Island and she studied art at the Louvre and Sorbonne, in France.
Mary Lou's Artist Statement:
“My art reflects my creative response to both travel experiences and current global events. Although I have been painting for many years, most recently my work expresses a deep concern about global warming, climate change and pollution as well as anxiety about world-wide inequality and injustice. My work could be considered semi-abstract. In some instances, especially with the watercolors, it is geometrical and angular. Influences and inspiration have come from Eugene Delacroix’s powerful pieces; Howard Hodgkin’s broad and colorful brush stokes; Helen Frankenthaler’s ambitious and innovative work; Morris Louis’s abstract color washes; Joan Mitchell’s freedom and strength; and Ross Bleckner’s deeply moving and emotional oils and watercolors. The materials I use in my paintings are watercolor, oil paint, and painted plastic. My hope is that I will be able to continue to find excitement and purpose in my work and I believe, also, that artists are world changers.”