Mary Hale

Oil, Porcelain

Mary Hale

I discovered Porcelain painting when I was about 9 years old. My best friend’s grandmother was a teacher and had a darling studio in the woods by her home. We weren’t supposed to, but we snuck in every chance we got and I always remember the wonderful smells and the beautifully painted coffee cups with mother of pearl and gold! Luckily for us we never broke anything so we never got caught!

I began my true porcelain painting journey after being talked into trying it while visiting the LA County Fair in the 80’s and watching the ladies painting. They talked me into it and assured me I could do it!
Now almost 40 years later, I am still hooked-painting and teaching weekly classes. I am so grateful and happy I listened to them and have taken many art classes since then in an effort to learn and to grow. I think the more we work at it the better we get!

I love a naturalistic style of painting and adore painting roses and all flowers. I have branched out into portraiture and find it very challenging and fun! Now that I live near the beach of course I love catching those illusive sunsets and waves.

I am lucky enough to live in a small town near San Diego, named Coronado. I was honored with The Crown City magazine cover a year ago in April along with an article on me featuring my work in both porcelain and oil. Plus, I was honored with a street banner of my art work.

I sell my work in our local Historical Association Museum store. And our Art in the Park venue twice a month. My work has been published in numerous porcelain magazines. Most recently this month in the International Porcelain Art Magazine.

I represent our city on all thing’s art related with the Port of San Diego. I also have worked on our city’s visual art’s commission since 2011. Most recently I have been acting president of The Coronado Art Association which has been in existence since 1947. We host Art in the Park on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s of the month in Speckles Park. Be sure to come out and see me!

Happy Painting!

Samples of artist's work below. Click image for a larger view.