Mary Archibald, Watercolorist


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Rainy Day in Mariposa


     Mary has always loved drawing and painting.  She enjoys watercolor because it captures the freshness of the landscape and suits her spontaneous style. 

  Mary’s background gave her wide and varied experiences to bring to painting.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She worked at Flathead Lake, Montana and attended college at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska.  There she studied art and the natural sciences, and received a BA degree in Fine Arts.  After college she traveled to Europe, visiting Germany Switzerland, Holland, France, and Denmark.


     In 1964 Mary moved to Los Angeles, California where she worked as a draftsman for a lighting fixture firm..  She also took art classes at night at Woodbury College, and continued her education at Cal State LA, receiving a teaching credential.  She worked as a kindergarten teacher for Baldwin Park Unified School District, then for the past ten years, she has worked as an art teacher for Monrovia Adult Education.  She teaches watercolor and plein air classes to adults.

.    “As a teacher, I enjoy helping the many talented people in my classes achieve their goals in painting.”


Winter Day

     Collectively, Mary’s experiences have influenced her art. She has a positive view of nature, culture, and humanity which is expressed in her paintings.. She is enthusiastic and enjoys exploring new ideas.  When traveling, she keeps drawing and painting journals, and uses photography as a tool for further learning. All these experiences have helped her to create a spontaneous, impressionistic style of painting that is rich in interpretation. 



       Mary and her husband Rick also have enjoyed a rich family life and have many creative hobbies.  They reside in Arcadia and spend time in Mariposa at their property there.

  “When I am creating my paintings, my intention is to invite the viewer to feel the same sense of joy I am experiencing.  There are so many colors and details in nature that are there if one just takes time to observe.  I want people who look at my paintings and see the beauty I see.”


Nebraska Woods

To contact Mary concerning her art, please use the following:

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Phone:  (626) 447-5312

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