Foothills Gallery & Mix Arts Studio features the art work of artist Mary Shobe. She has been making art most of her life along with her mom June Shobe. Although June is now with her heavenly father Mary is continuing the tradition.
Mary received her first art lessons in the fall of 1999, taking a basic drawing/painting class in acrylics from artist Vivian Edwards.
“As an amateur photographer, I learned that the ability to see a good picture also allowed me to be able to recreate one from pen and ink. My teacher was my mentor; she encouraged me to continue learning to use pen and ink. Since pen and ink and watercolor work well together, I naturally progressed into doing watercolor paintings. With Vivian encouraging me to try different techniques I learned Scratchboard which has become my main media. I also work in acrylic and colored pencil.”
Mary was born in Fort Myers Florida where birds became a very large part of her life. “My mother raised parakeets, finches and lovebirds. I learned first hand how beautiful birds are. Being raised in a tropical environment I had plenty of wild birds to study and enjoy. The time spent around birds gave me the ability to paint birds easily. I love animals and enjoy watching wildlife and appreciating nature.”
With my mothers influence I learned other forms of art. She taught me to quilt and I continue her love of quilting creating my own patterns as well as traditional quilting patterns.
Mary has also branched out into Acrylic pour paintings. This technique comes to life when the acrylic paint is mixed with water, a paint extender, silicone and, then literally, poured onto the canvas, creating free-flowing shapes and forms.
To learn more about Foothills Gallery & Mix Arts Studio, and the products and services we can offer, please call us at +1 (864)7100273.