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Scottsdale, AZ
480.945.1113
Jackson, WY
307.733.2353

Mary Qian

Mary Qian went to Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Where she earned her BFA in Fine Arts and Illustration, August 1998.

Originally from Shanghai, China, Mary went through the traditional Chinese educational system focusing on the sciences while studying Chinese painting and calligraphy on her own. Before coming to the US, she admired the ancient Chinese painters but found her true voice for painting when she discovered the western artists. It was the realism of Rembrandt, Velazquez, Repin – her particular favorites- that she found to be the artistic style that she had been looking for.

“I feel my art is like an open diary.  It records my life, and the life around me.  I mainly work with oil on canvas. It is a such a forgiving medium, and allows different textures to create depth.  My paintings are my preferred way to explain myself to the world. They speak of the things I don’t know how to put into words.  Painting is a process and it connects me, my sitters and the viewers. It is a bridge between past and present.  I want  to paint people, because people intrigue me, especially during the process of  communication in silence.

I hope viewers will feel what I felt in the moments of painting. See what inspired me!”

 

AWARDS:

· 2018 2nd Annual AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase awards of excellence.
· 2017 American Impressionist Society Second Place
· 2016 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Silver Medal
· 2015 Best of Chicago for Portraits
· 2015 Oil Painters of America National Silver Medal
· 2015 American Impressionist Society 3d Place
· 2014 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Silver Medal
· 2013 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Golden Medal
· 2013 Oil Painters of America National Silver Medal
· 2012 American Art Invitational Award of Excellence
· 2012 American Art Invitational Purchase Awards
· 2011 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Silver Medal
· 2011 American Impressionist Society Third Place
· 2011 Figurative Merit Award Winner at Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art

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