Mary Ann Blackstock Cox Sheehy, a native Georgian, has pursued an artistic path since early childhood. “I always wanted to be an artist”, she says. People and pets are favorite subjects rendered in oil, pastel and watercolor. Mary Ann also paints landscapes and still life in these three media. But recently, she has been drawn to experimentation with color and shape using acrylic and mixed media.
Mary Ann received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia and then worked in the commercial art field. While raising her two daughters, she renewed her love of portraiture and painting through ongoing classes and workshops.
Mary Ann’s painting entitled “Small Wonder”, was selected to be a limited edition print for Scottish Rite Children’s’ Hospital. She was commissioned by her national sorority to paint the founders’ portrait. Mary Ann’s work is also in numerous private collections and she has attained Juried Member status of The Portrait Society of Atlanta.
I paint the joy, the color and being of life. Because I have a fondness for both people and pets, with sensitivity, my portraits capture the uniqueness of their personalities. Painting is not only my pact with other artists, it is a connection with other people and the world around me. Because art is an essential part of who I am, I find that the more I paint, the more I must paint!