Spotlight on Mary Krause
March artist at Column-Inch Collection
By Elsie Lynn The Essex Reporter
Mary Krause is hard to miss when she is out in the chill of winter painting en plein air. Bundled up in quilted Carharts, at least five under layers and tops it all with a long hunter orange parka, the Essex artist drags her materials behind her on a matching fluorescent orange sled, as she traipses through the woods on snowshoes.
“I must look like an orange Eskimo,” she joked on Monday, when she came to The Essex Reporter and The Colchester Sun offices to hang eight of her paintings at the Column-Inch Collection gallery. “Once I’m into the painting, I don’t notice the cold.”
“Painting is my true love,” she continued. “It’s my one thing in life that makes me happy. It’s exhilarating, and I am so lucky to be able to have the chance to do it.”
Krause began apprenticing with Gaye Lynn Laguire, a portrait and landscape artist, in California. She continued her education with numerous workshops in watercolor and oil paintings, including one with Eric Tobin — a respected landscape painter from Vermont.
Krause worked in watercolors for 15 years and then stopped painting all together for a while. In 1993, she and her husband (who has since passed away) moved to Vermont from California and started Mexicali — a restaurant in Williston.
“When we moved here, I started really missing art,” Krause explained, adding that it was Gina Carrera — the artist of the original wall mural on Church Street in Burlington — who introduced Krause to the Essex Art League and got her back into painting.
“The Essex Art League made me feel so at home and introduced me to all the other artists,” said Krause. “I felt so welcomed.”
Krause now frequently paints with Colchester artist Libby Davidson and others.
Impatient with watercolors, Krause began painting in oils. “It’s nice because you can just keep going until you get it right.” And then, she fell in love with landscapes. Put that together and you have what defines Krause’s painting style these days.
“I see my artwork as a vehicle to convey the natural wonder of the ordinary day,” she described. “I paint what I see every day; golden rod peeking out from behind the old Bushey barn, a lost cow on the wrong side of the fence, a dead tree in an open field, a working farm under Mount Mansfield. My first impression sets the tone and from that moment I push the landscape into my own personal view of what Vermont is to me.”
Krause’s paintings will be on display at the Column-Inch Collection until the end of March. You can also see more of her work at her website www.krausefineart.com.
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