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Mary is an Artist with SouthAfricanArtists.com based in South Africa.
From a very young age I started sketching people, animals and the scenery around me.
Art was my favorite subject at school and I always achieved high marks for my art projects.
At age 14, I enrolled for my first course in sketching and line drawing at the ‘ABC’ Art School in Paris. In those days I was living in Greece and the art school had a branch in Athens.
Later, when I could dedicate more time to art, I attended advance painting classes for four years developing and learning different styles and techniques from leading professional art teachers and another three years for abstract studies learning to think and express these thoughts and ideas in an abstract way.
Also, I studied the old impressionists and the later more modern works of art.
When painting I always have a concept in mind taken from the world around me or from my very deep-set traditions of my Greek culture and history past and present. Also living in four different countries of diverse religions and cultures, through my growing-up years, has prepared me for a spiritual journey in which I can only express in my paintings.
My preferred method of painting is with a palette knife. I like the clarity of the undiluted buttery texture of the paint and the sharp contrast of the different hues. I sculpture my shapes on my two dimensional surfaces.
Edenvale Town Council 1992-1993
Paint & Palette Group Annual 1993-2012
Brush & Chisel 1996
Von Zweel Gallery 1998
Cottage Framer’s 2000-2001,2010
Pandanassa Church, 'Hellenic Arts' Annual 2003-2012
Roselyn Gallery 2006
Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu 2006
Singing Fig 2006-2007
Protactic Strategic Communications, Corporate exhibition 2007
IDC permanent exhibition 2007,2008
Civic theatre “Dance” exhibition 2007
Yapanis at The Gallery & Rotery Club “Art With A View” 2007
ArtsCape Opera House, Cape Town, “Womanhood” exhibition 2007
Artoteque - Art Now2, Global Art Competition 2007-2008, ‘Award Nomination’ and winner ‘Diploma of Excellence-Honorable Award’
Akuwaiseni Guest House 2007
Tusco de sol 2007,2008
Greenstone Shopping Centre, open exhibition 2007/2009
Picasso & Co. Gallery 2008, 2010
Li Argo Art Gallery 2008
R.D.S. 'ART IRELAND' 2008
The Association of Arts, Pretoria 2009
Hobbitech Benoni Annual 2009-2013
S.A. Association of Artists Members Exhibition 2010
St Margaret of Scottland Annual 2009-2011
YF Creative craft & Art Expo, Emperor's Palace 2010 - 2012
Edmore Gallery 2012
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