Mary Singer – Portrait ArtistPainting
Days Inn Hotel
420 Cottonwood Drive Winona (Hwy 14 & 61)
I was ‘born’ an artist . My earliest memories are having a pencil and paper and drawing. My subjects were things and animals that I saw around me and on TV. When we started getting the POST magazine I found my first artist IDOL, Norman Rockwell. When I entered high school I was doing paint by numbers and blending the colors. I LOVED art classes and wanted to learn all mediums. When I left college after 1 year to get married and have children at the age of 19 I started taking the art lessons from Art Instruction schools in Minneapolis. They gave me all the drawing and painting lessons since I was so dedicated. I started taking in people to pose for their portraits at the age of 30. In the years that followed I learned about layout and design and worked for a book publisher here in Winona. Then a woman approached me about putting together a very detailed magazine for owners of mustangs and wild donkeys. The magazine along with a line of mustang and donkey designs that I did and we put them on everything from cups and plates to shirts and prints were sent all over the world. The magazine only went for 3 issues but I certainly learned and grew as an artist during those times. I went into doing portraits of equine, pets and homes and doing shows in the arts circuit every weekend of the year. During this time I was considered by many a “craft” artist. I painted on anything that did not move but once again I learned much about fine art during these years as I put all that I had learned into everything I did and I worked 5 days a week , 8 hour days and then traveled around the MidWest doing shows. After several years of that I returned to formal portraiture and I started to focus on the beauty of the area that I live in, capturing the landscape including the mighty Mississippi and the awesome sky in different times of the day and seasons. I started out with graphite and pastels, pen and ink and mixed media.