Mary Sawyer Atkinson
Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, New Year’s baby Mary grew up drawing houses in the dirt and producing and performing neighborhood theatricals (usually for the benefit of the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where her family moved; Mary was disabled from polio). Other childhood interests included the violin, and today she plays ukulele. As a child she drew portraits of friends, could replicate art, and in college she studied fine art.
As a young adult she married and started a family while working and attending college. In 1982 Mary discovered a watercolor instructor who allowed artists to develop their personal style and she began painting in earnest, earning her bachelor’s with extended studies in color. Her resume includes co-owning, operating, and exhibiting in The Muse, a trendsetting gallery in the McCormick Arts District in Prescott, Arizona.
Mary’s style is abstract experimental water media on paper. Her expertise has expanded to include photography, book art, videos, and mixed media. She is presently documenting the Tannery Arts Center in the form of art and developing “Santa Cruz Details,” a card series. The work at Mutari consists of “Heart Series” and spontaneous, inspirational works..