Mary Karlton

I am an artist. Painting is a joy to me. I paint what I love, and I love what I paint. Painting takes me to a place where I can reach into a deeper part of myself and bring forth my unique expression of what I find beautiful. I approach the canvas with purpose and clarity, but also with flexibility and openness, so that the painting achieves its fullness in a way that befits its essence. At times, a painting waits for my guidance, and, at times, it coaxes me into taking an unexpected path. I know a piece is complete when it brings a smile to my face, and I can step back and say, “This is good. This is true. This is beautiful. And, I love it.”

I live and paint in the scenic coastal town of Santa Cruz, CA with my husband, musician and photographer Peter Sterbach. To learn more about me or to view my online gallery of artwork, please visit

Mary Karlton Fine Arts 303

Potrero St., Suite 12B

(The Old Sash Mill)

Santa Cruz, CA 945060

Tel: 831.466.9660




•  Featured in exhibit honoring Degas at Carnegie Arts Center, California, 2012

•  First Prize in California Pomegranate Festival Art Exhibit, Madera Arts Council, California, 2012

•  Among top 5 winning artists in Light, Space, Time Online Gallery Figurative Competition, 2012

•  ABRA Gallery one-woman exhibit, Thousand Oaks (Los Angeles), California, 2012

•  Artiste Winery Exhibit and featured on wine labels, Los Olivos, California (juried), 2012

•  Featured in the book, The Best of Artists Presents: Worldwide Mixed Media, Vol. II, 2012

•  Featured in the book, A Walk Into Abstracts by Sue St. John, 2011

•  McAfee Corporate Headquarters, Santa Clara, California (juried), 2011

•  Santa Cruz County Government Building, Santa Cruz, California (juried), 2010

•  First Friday Art Tours, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, California, 2010

•  International Acrylic Society Annual Competition, Santa Cruz, California, (juried), 2009

•  Pacific Art League, “Color and More Color,” Palo Alto, California, 2009

•  Santa Cruz Art League, “All Together,” Santa Cruz, California (juried), 2009

•  International Acrylic Society Annual Competition, Santa Cruz, California (juried), 2008

•  Pacific Art League, “From the Press,” Palo Alto, California (juried), 2008

•  College of Santa Fe Monothon at SITE Santa Fe Gallery, New Mexico (juried), 2002

•  The Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 2002