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Mary Datum

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My journey into the world of art

I am an artist living in Southwest Missouri in the city of Joplin. I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Northern California and Nevada. I began drawing at an early age, and was encouraged in art by my parents and teachers.

As a child I was able to make frequent excursions to the San Francisco fine arts museums. The De Young and the Asian Art Museum were my favorites. I would often try and duplicate the art I had seen and always found something new in the paintings. I think that this early exposure helped influence my style of painting. I try and paint in a realistic style and prefer to work in oil; usually on linen canvases. I love the play of light and shadows as well as bright clean colors.
Now, my primary source of inspiration for my diverse subject matter comes from the simple things in nature or around the home and in the beauty of Southwest Missouri Ozarks and the California Coast.

My art work is in many private residences in Texas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Montana, New Mexico, Kansas and Missouri.

I participate in workshops to expand my knowledge and continue to grow as an artist. I feel that painting is a lifelong process of learning and growing. I am a member of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and Oil Painters of America.

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