Preferring to work on location, in the tradition of painters since the French Impressionists, Mary travels extensively.
She creates field studies (plein air) then returns to the studio to produce large paintings using the visual knowlege and critical information gathered in the field. Painting tours have taken her to Spain, Guatemala, Argentina, Ireland and throughout the United States.
Denise's creative research investigates the relationship between the defined parameters of functional objects and the interpretive aspects of visual and tactile memory.
Her investigation into function is positioned on the visceral experience of touch, on the relationship between form, surface and function and on the layered memories gained through the accumulated experience of using utilitarian forms.
...grew up sketching the beaches of Long Island Sound and sold her first painting to Gulf+Western Industries in Stamford, Connecticut at 13. She studied at the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University.
Mary is co-founder of the American Tonalist Society, an organization formed to recognize, promote and showcase the current tonalist movement, and to continue the tradition of the American Tonalists of the 1800s. Erickson is also the founder of The Nanatuck Group, a seasonal gathering of professional artists and modern day art colony, who paint along the coast of Maine, based in Port Clyde on the St. George peninsula.
She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). In addition to Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists, memberships include the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.
...is the Director of Lee Gallery in the Department of Art at Clemson University. Woodward-Detrich’s creative research investigates the relationship between the defined parameters of functional objects and the interpretive aspects of visual and tactile memory.
Before joining Clemson University Ms. Woodward-Detrich served as a Master Instructor at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She received her MFA in Ceramics at the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and has maintained an active exhibitions record having been invited to participate in many national exhibitions.
Ms Woodward-Detrich has given workshops in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, was the juror for “Artists of the Upstate”, Greenville, SC and has been included in publications such as Wheel Thrown Pottery by Don Davis, Best of Pottery, published by Rockport Publishers and Studio Potter magazine.