A new space on 6th Street, featuring artwork by central Texas artists Mary Waldson and Sherry Killingsworth.
Mary Waldson (painter and sculptor), born and mostly raised in west Texas, now has her studio in beautiful Milam County, in the triangle of Austin, Bryan and Waco. Mary has been appreciating and studying Art for as long as she can remember. She is drawn to the classical beauty and is fortunate to have had classically trained teachers and amazing mentors along the way that have fed her interest and inquiry in Fine Art.
For more than 30 years, she has developed as an oil painter and broadened her range to include pastels, acrylics and sculpture in terra cotta clay. She continues to train her eye by working from life as much as possible and has found the regular practice of plein air painting to be a wonderful means by which to observe how light falls and moves over form. She is stimulated by the physical challenge of capturing and converting these visual observations onto the canvas or out of clay.
Mary is available for commissioned portraits, landscapes and still-lifes.
This showing is a retrospective of work focused on over the last ten years or so.
Sherry Killingsworth fell in love with drawing and painting at an early age. After receiving a BFA in Studio Art from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches Texas, she worked as a graphic artist for a small printing company in Austin, Texas while her husband Jim finished his Pharmacy degree. She and her husband enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States and Mexico and in 1983 they settled in Bryan, Texas to raise their two children.
In 2013 she retired from a career in the hospitality industry and began to focus on developing her skills as an artist.
She is a member of the Brazos Valley Art League, the Brenham Fine Art League and the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas. She began working with pastels in 1988, under the instruction of Texas wildlife artist Emma Stark. She has continued her study of pastel techniques with nationally known artists including Bob Rohm, Rita Kirkman, Gregg Barnes, Lebba Kropp Jentsch, Karen Margulis, Enid Wood, Christine Swann and Richard McKinley. Sherry is primarily a landscape artist who paints in a realistic/impressionistic style. Her work has garnered many awards in both local and regional juried shows.
“I have always been fascinated with drawing from life. When I discovered pastels I was naturally drawn to the tactile nature of the medium and the immediacy of the application of their gorgeous colors.
“Painting the landscape allows me to explore nature’s beauty in the simplest forms.
“I love the rolling pastures and hayfields that dominate the central Texas landscape where I live. I strive to capture the sun’s reflected light at different hours of the day to evoke an atmospheric mood in my paintings.
“The Texas coast has also been an inspiration for many of my paintings. Having fished the saltwater bays for decades, I have acquired a deep emotional connection to the marshes, wind and water found around the Rockport/Fulton area.
“Painting outside, observing Mother Nature’s omnipresence, always reminds me of my own fleeting existence in this world. My hope as an artist is that the viewer will find a calmness and sense of serenity in my work.”
112 N. 6th Street