Mary Ann Pals
Mary Ann Pals is a pastel and charcoal artist living near the southern tip of Lake Michigan in Chesterton, IN. She has enjoyed doing artwork all her life. In college, she received her degree in Humanities with an emphasis in the Visual Arts. Pals regularly exhibits her work in area, national, and international shows and art fairs. She is a member of two nationally recognized pastel societies: Northern Indiana Pastel Society, and Great Lakes Pastel Society. She has also received Master Circle points from the International Association of Pastel Societies. In 2006, Pals received an Honorable Mention in the prestigious Pastel 100 competition sponsored by Pastel Journal magazine. In 2008, she was honored to have her pastel painting of a Lake Michigan sunset chosen by Indiana's Lieutenant Governor to hang in the Indiana Statehouse for one year. In 2013, she had a drawing published in the highly acclaimed art series, Strokes of Genius 5. She enjoys teaching drawing and pastel painting to adults and teens at the Chesterton Art Center.
Mary Ann's artwork is her passion. She enjoys creating lifelike scenes that depict the natural beauty she sees around her. She has traveled extensively with her family across the US, hiking, bird watching, and taking lots of reference photos. Her frequent travels provide her with a rich library of visual images and memories. Back in her studio she uses her photos and memories as a springboard to convey those special moments and her mood on paper. Her goal is to draw the viewer into her world so that they too feel as if they are there, in that scene with her. Some of her recent series have explored the themes of water, birds, and close-ups of flowers. Pals claims, “Nature says it best. I just embellish the tale.”