MARY CHRISTIANSEN

American Avocet 8"x10' graphite

Anna's Hummingbirds 11"x14" gouache and graphite

About the Artist

A native of California, Mary Christiansen has resided in New York City since 1977 where she paints and teaches art. She holds a MA from UCLA and a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden. Her landscape and natural science paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States. 

About the Work

In executing my paintings, I am drawn to form and fascinated by the effects of light striking surface texture. My most recent work concentrates on wading birds, ducks, and shorebirds. These types of birds provide scope for the depiction of reflections, shadows, and light on water. Furthermore I am intrigued by the intelligent personality of birds, how they relate to each other, and the care with which they raise their young.

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