Artist Profile

Mary Lou Arnold

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I’ve always been a creative soul, and I LOVE color! I don’t even have a favorite color, although I have a lot of orange, (my kitchen is orange) purple and turquoise in my wardrobe. For a long time, I was into fiber art – quilting, teddy bears, pillows, wall hangings, etc.

Then, I tried watercolor – swoooooosh! I was in love! Watching all that luscious color move and mingle on the paper is truly magical! I painted every chance I had when I wasn’t working at my “real” job. I entered shows – and got accepted. It’s exhilarating, and even more so when someone connects enough with your work that they must have it. Your vision becomes a part of their life too.

I have expanded my arsenal of tools to include not only pure transparent watercolor on paper, but also acrylic and mixed media on canvas and board. My mixed media paintings are so rich with texture that you want to touch them – and I encourage that!

I am mostly self-taught, but I have been fortunate to take workshops with noted artists Jeanne Carbonetti, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Cheng Khee Chee, Nicholas Simmons (RIP my friend), Bob Burridge, John Trees, Catherine Anderson, Robbie Laird and Ning Yeh. I also have taken online workshops with Flora Bowley, Chris Cozen, Carol Nelson, Jodi Ohl and a few other artists I admire. I believe that you can never stop learning, and I love to try different techniques and explore with color and texture. Sometimes, that “what if” experiment turns into something beautiful, and it’s always a lesson learned.

My husband & I make our home in a small town in northern Arizona. We moved here after living in southern California for nearly 30 years. We are just 2 hours from the Grand Canyon, and only an hour from Sedona. Our children are grown and have children of their own one son in New York and one in California; we have three cats that we rescued who keep me company – but NOT in the studio. Gypsy (a calico) and Turbo (a tuxedo) and Cheddar (a ginger – who adopted us). I currently work part time for The Mountain Artists Guild in Prescott, AZ as their gallery associate – what a great job – to be surrounded by art and artists!

Art Work

Current Exhibitions/CV

2022

The Mountain Artists Guild “Arizona State of Mind” juried exhibition. “Turquoise Vein” – 3rd place

Tropical Punch took 2nd place in the Mountain Artists Guild “From Earth to Table” juried exhibition

Exhibit at Cuppers Coffee House in Prescott, AZ

2021

The Mountain Artists Guild’s “Holiday Show” – “Paloma”, “Playground” and “Waterlilies” accepted.

2018

Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour

2017

Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour

2015

Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour

2014

2nd Place – Mixed Media – Yavapai County Fair – “Phoenix Rising”

3rd Place – Mixed Media – Yavapai County Fair – “Her Metaphorical Metamorphosis”

Inaugural Public Art Display – Prescott Valley Public Library

2013

2nd Place – Mixed Media – Yavapai County Fair – “19”

2012

3rd Place – Watercolors – Yavapai County Fair – “Pineapple Punch”

2011

2nd Place – Watercolors – Huntington Beach Art League – “Vanishing Breed” – juror William Wray

2010

Honorable Mention – Watercolors – Huntington Beach Art League – “Poinsettias” – juror Peggi Kroll-Roberts

2nd Place – Watercolors – Huntington Beach Art League – “Vanishing Breed” – juror Gerald Brommer

2nd Place – Mixed Media – Huntington Beach Art League – “Phoenix Rising” – juror Gerald Brommer

Huntington Beach Art League Spring Open

3rd Place, Huntington Beach Art League – “Pretty in Pink” – juror Timothy J. Clark

2009

Honorable Mention – Watercolor Artist Magazine, Creativity Challenge for “Birds of Play” (sold)

2008

CCP Videos Winter Treasures Art Show for “Pretty in Pink”

2007

CCP Videos Winter Still Life Art Show for “Window Dressing”

2006

CCP Videos Summer Art Show for “Bench at Park Guell, Barcelona”

2005

Chrysler Artists at Work – 3 paintings were juried into the show. “Intimate”, “Clarity” and “.to Betsy”. The paintings were exhibited at Bally’s Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Chrysler Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

CCP Videos Summer Florals Art Show for “by any other name”

2004

Chrysler Artists at Work – My painting “Window Dressing” was on loan to Chrysler Corporation for a period of 18 months, and was included in an exhibit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Honorable Mention, Huntington Beach Art League – Chrysler Imperial

First Place, Huntington Beach Art League – Spike Flower

Honorable Mention, Huntington Beach Art League – Carbonetti Class

Chrysler Artists at Work – traveling exhibit for 18 months. The painting, “by any other name” was purchased by Chrysler Corporation in June 2005.

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