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“Painting is the processing of feelings into a visual form.”


“The layers I create represent engagements in a tactile way. Each piece is built with coats of paint, mark making with pencils, chalk pastels, pens and texture using paper scraps. I work on several pieces at the same time so a dialog is created, a conversation happening between the paintings that serve to create a story and allow thoughts to coalesce.”


“Making art, and especially abstract art, gives me a voice and the freedom to be intuitive, gain self-awareness, have insights, and observe external perceptions without being literal but rather lyrical.  My work continually evolves and every piece is a personal time stamp of emotional evolution.”


As a Southern California native, Mary is inspired by the vivid colors and openness that the west coast is known for.  While influenced by the beauty that surrounds her studio in Ojai, Neville approaches the canvas with the intent of expressing her physical and emotional response to personal and global events.  Those experiences are reflected in her work through spatial awareness and use of color.

As a contemporary abstract painter, Mary emphasizes mood and feeling through her use of color, line and composition. It is her goal for people to feel immersed in the work, the paintings acting as portals for personal reflection.


Neville holds a degree in merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles and worked in the fashion, interior design and architecture industries for years before transitioning to working as a fine artist.


Mary has been a full-time artist for 15 years.

Her most recent solo exhibition at the Santa Paula Art Museum showcased her month-long residency in New Mexico at the famed Ghost Ranch.


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