Mary Wykes - Fine Artist

Mary Wykes

Grand Prairie, TX - United States








Mary Wykes

Grand Prairie, TX - United States

Mary Wykes - Fine Artist

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August 15th, 2009







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About Mary Wykes

In 2008, Mary Wykes made the decision to pursue her lifelong dream of being an artist. Though she had always had a yearning to paint, prior to that point she had not had the courage to pursue her dream. She had, however, always made a point of including creative pursuits in her life. Her activities have included singing, songwriting, playing piano and guitar, quilting, crochet, knitting, macramé and spinning her own yarn. Thinking that she had 'missed the boat' by not pursuing formal education in art, Mary held back on pursuing her dream of painting for many years.

Though she took one semester of high school art, and several months of an oil painting class in her late 20's, Mary continued to hold back until 2005 . . . the year when the magic began. That summer she attended a workshop in glass etching, and a watercolor workshop with Sue Scheewe. Discovering great joy in these activities, she signed up for watercolor classes with Fort Worth artist Ann Winchester, who encouraged her budding talent. Though a family crisis interrupted her art studies, in 2008 Mary made a serious commitment to make art a priority in her life. She returned to her studies with Ann Winchester, with whom she studied for a year and a half. Blossoming under Ann's tutelage, by 2010 Mary was feeling confident enough to begin creating original works and was soon accepting commissions and winning awards in local competitions.

For Mary, painting is meditation. In each piece she strives to embody the emotions she feels for her subject. She has continued to paint ever since, even through serious vision challenges. In 2009 she was faced with two emergency surgeries for retinal detachment, followed by cataract surgery. 'First Dance' was created in 2009, prior to her cataract surgery, when she had only one-eyed vision.
Though the vision in her left eye remains impaired, Mary now has the goal of becoming a fulltime professional artist. She has found great encouragement from online studies with Daniel Edmondson's Art Masters Program.

Mary has always loved colors, to the point that she often thanks God for specific colors. It therefore seems appropriate that she is now a registered instructor for the Michael Wilcox School of Color. She is grateful for the insight into color mixing and color harmony that she has gained through the study of Michael's materials and enjoys sharing this information with others. Mary has also developed a passion for Zentangle, and became a certified Zentangle instructor in 2012.

Mary and her husband Tom, her high school sweetheart and husband of 46 years, have three grown children, and four grandchildren. They make their home in the DFW Metroplex in Texas.

Art Resume:
* First Place Award in 2015 Orange Arts Gallery First Annual Juried Art Competition
* Honorable Mention in 2014 SWA International Juried Art Show in Fort Worth, Texas
* Participation in the 2013 SWA International Juried Art Show in Fort Worth, Texas
* Participation in the 2012 Annual Juried Art Show of the Grand Prairie Arts Association
* Blue Ribbon in the 2011 Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Juried Art Show
* Honorable Mention in the 2009 Members' Show of the Society of Watercolor Artists of Fort Worth, Texas
* Certified Zentangle Instructor
* Certified Instructor for the Michael Wilcox School of Color

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Destiny by Mary Wykes


Cabo San Lucas by Mary Wykes


Dreamscape by Mary Wykes


Inside or Outside by Mary Wykes


Cascades after Daniel Edmondson by Mary Wykes


Odin's Dream by Mary Wykes


Morning Has Broken by Mary Wykes


Early Worm Gets the Bird by Mary Wykes


Peekaboo by Mary Wykes


Unfolding Glory by Mary Wykes


Good Morning Sunshine by Mary Wykes


Poppin' Poppies by Mary Wykes


Fresh from the Range by Mary Wykes


Dandelion Dance by Mary Wykes


Grandma's Daisies by Mary Wykes


Nancy's Reverie by Mary Wykes


Cadence in Cadmium Red by Mary Wykes


Wait for Me by Mary Wykes


Portrait of Peg by Mary Wykes


Rag Doll Blues by Mary Wykes


He Touched Me by Mary Wykes


Rose Duo by Mary Wykes


Awakening by Mary Wykes


Bluebonnet Daze by Mary Wykes


The Iris Princess by Mary Wykes


An Iris for My Love by Mary Wykes


Blue Boy by Mary Wykes


Beau by Mary Wykes


Commissioned Toddler Portrait by Mary Wykes


Rusty by Mary Wykes


Esprit de Lot et Garonne by Mary Wykes


Symbiosis by Mary Wykes


Symphony of Branches by Mary Wykes


Hollis and Hannah - cropped version by Mary Wykes


First Dance by Mary Wykes


Baby's Debut by Mary Wykes


Alexis by Mary Wykes


Framed - after Maureen Killaby by Mary Wykes


Commissioned Portrait - 1 by Mary Wykes


Red Velvet by Mary Wykes

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