Artist: Mary C. Nasser

Mary C. Nasser earned her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Painting from Michigan State University. During her graduate studies, Mary also studied Medieval Art History abroad in London, England, and attended a monotype workshop in Mexico City. In 1996 she was a visiting artist and guest lecturer in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where she lectured at Academia de Arte Vizuale “IOAN ANDREESCU” (Academy of Visual Arts) and exhibited her work in "Deschideti U.S.A." (Open the Door) at the Casa Matei.

Mary has had over 30 solo shows since 2002 and has been awarded numerous residency opportunities. She was Artist-in-Residence in 2008 at Red Cinder Creativity Center in Hawaii, where she lived near active volcanoes that continually recreate the landscape. Her latest residency was at Osage Arts Community. Since 2007, she has participated in three public art projects in St. Louis, too.

Recently, Mary's mixed-media map paintings and interview appeared in Featuring magazine. She is also a contributing artist in the book Stencil Girl by Mary Beth Shaw.

Throughout the year, Mary leads Garden Art activities at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Healing Through the Arts workshops at Mercy Children’s Hospital and the David C. Pratt Cancer Center. Artist's website

“All of my art is inspired by nature, especially landscapes and geology. I am captivated by the idea that geological shifts seem to parallel people’s lives and relationships. They are continually changing, varying, shifting and developing.

I use maps as a medium in my art because I love the way they look – their lines, rhythm, movement and patterns. I’m intrigued that maps are tangible, portable guides to places and that they impart information much like a painting: they translate what is three-dimensional into two dimensions. To create my art, I layer maps and scientific illustrations. I add thick and colorful layers, then wipe, scratch and scrape to reveal underlying sections. I know my work will continue to change and evolve, just like the very landscapes that inspire me.”

Red Hills
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
6”x 6”
$75


Reflect
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
5”x 7”
$75


Layer on Layer
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
4” x 6”
$65


Northern New Mexico
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
6” x 8”
$90


Oasis
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
6” x 8”
$90


Not So Far Away
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
4” x 5”
$65


Open Fields
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
3” x 4”
$60


A Little West
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
5” x 7”
$70


The Farm
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
3” x 4”
$60


upafarmroad
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
3” x 5”
$65


First View
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
2” x 3”
$40


Place and Time
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
9” x 12” $180


Listened
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
9” x 12” $180


In All Directions
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
5” x 7”
$75


Navigate
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
5” x 7”
$70


Open Buildings
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
6” x 6”
$75


Open Buildings 2
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
6” x 6”
$75


Small Hills
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
4” x 6”
$65


Mark the Way
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
4” x 6”
$65


Immersed
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
4” x 6”
$65


Turning Point
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
3” x 5”
$65


Wildacres
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
9” x 12” $180


Sea
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
6” x 6”
$75


Layers
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
5” x 6”
$70


Blue Ridge Parkway
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
6” x 8”
$90


Sangre de Christo Mountains
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
6” x 8”
$90


A Trip Around the Island
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
5” x 6”
$70


Latitude
Mixed Media/Acrylic on Canvas
4” x 6”
$65