About Mary

Mary Pumpelly-Knowland

Artist Statement

My fascination with Nature and in particular the vibrant colours of flowers, provides me with inspiration for many of my paintings.  I paint in Watercolour, Acrylic and Mixed Media Collage, emphasizing the colour, line, and sometimes texture of my subject matter which ranges from flowers, animals, seascapes and other scenes found in Nature to Abstracts.  I enjoy painting loosely and quickly using a semi-impressionistic style to express the joy and happiness I feel from the subject, and from painting itself.  With watercolour, I love the vibrancy of the medium on the white paper, the delicacy it lends to the subject matter and the excitement and unpredictability of wet on wet washes of strong colour on the paper.  When painting Acrylic Mixed Media pieces, I enjoy starting without a plan or definite subject matter in mind.  Focusing on the colours and textures and working intuitively until gradually over time after several layers, a glimpse of a subject or focal point starts to appear.  I enjoy the process with each medium and style, and I love the surprises along the way as each painting leads me to its completion.


2013       El Verano Maravilloso requested for Remembrance Day 2013 Print and Online Media by Whole Foods Oakville, Yorkville, and Unionville

2010 Honourable Mention Oakville Art Society Annual Juried Show, The Journey Home, Watercolour

2010 The Journey Home, Watercolour, Selected for the 2011 Oakville Art Society Calendar

2009 Chakra Lily, Watercolour, Selected for the 2010 Oakville Art Society Calendar

2008 Lily Dream, Watercolour,  one of ten finalists in the Exhibit Your Creativity Contest, DeSerres Canada National online competition for Amateur Artists


2015-Present      Art Teacher, ArtHouse Oakville, www.arthouseonline.org

2015-2016     Art Teacher, Amica at Oakville Retirement Living, Oakville

2015                    Art Teacher, Summer Art Adventure Camp, Glen Abbey Daycare Centre, Oakville

2014- 2016    Art Teacher, Community Art Outreach Program, Oakville Art Society

2014-2015         Art and Meditation Workshop Facilitator, The Clarity Centre, Oakville

2013                    Volunteer teacher for Oakville Cub Scouts Art Night


2011    Dundas Valley School of Art – Drawing

2000   York University – Honours Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Spanish Language and Literature

2007-2011  Various art workshops online and in person with a variety of teachers


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17 responses to “About Mary

  1. Wonderful Mary! This is a great site. Lots of hours invested here. You look good and so does your work.

  2. Hi Mary!
    Thank you so much for stopping my blog ! I appreciate 😃
    Wonderful artworks you have ❤looking forward to see more your posts😃❤

    • Hi Violet
      Thank you for the compliment! I’m enjoying your artwork very much too. I’m learning all the ins and outs here and getting up to speed! I will be posting more shortly. 🙂

    • Thank you very much for stopping by here and saying hello. I enjoyed your blog and your art and look forward to seeing more! 🙂

  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog as it led me to yours. We both have a love of depicting the shapes, colours and moods of nature in watercolour and acrylic a bit of mixed media (and for me painting watercolour technique on silk and encaustic art). It is all challenging fun isn’t it.

    • Thank you! I enjoyed your artwork and website too. I think it’s that challenging fun that keeps us creating! Happy painting and thanks for stopping by!

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