"Red Sky at Night" "Red Sky at Night"
"End of Day" "End of Day"
"Dusk Settles In" "Dusk Settles In"
"Sky at Evening" "Sky at Evening"
"Red Sky at Night""End of Day""Dusk Settles In""Sky at Evening"

Red Sky at Night

Pastel

24″ x 28″

End of Day

Pastel

22″ x 28″

Dusk Settles In

Pastel

24″ x 28″

Sky at Evening

Pastel

24″ x 28″

Mary Ann Stafford

Although I have occasionally painted non-representational abstracts, my major subject matter has always been the landscape. I love the beauty of an unencumbered, atmospheric landscape without the presence of man. Once in a while I will include a dwelling, barn, or small church, but it is an accent, not the main emphasis. I want my viewers to feel the serenity of nature as opposed to the fast, complicated aspects of modern life, assisting them in slowing down and really seeing the world around them. Whether working in watermedia or pastel, my message is one of spirituality, peace, and hope.
My inspiration comes chiefly from the rural scenes of Arkansas – fall, winter, spring, and summer. As I travel, I take photographs of scenes that attract my attention, sometimes making sketches to recall a certain place. I call my style “Romantic Realism” because of the emotional content. My photos are not followed slavishly; I change colors, shapes, values, positions to get the effect I desire. If my paintings cause others to feel an awareness of God’s hand in creation, I have accomplished my purpose.