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: Great Lakes Pastel Society, and Chicago Pastel Painters. 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. In 2018 she received 4th place in the Animal/Wildlife category of the prestigious Pastel 100 competition sponsored by Pastel Journal magazine, and in 2019 she achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Mary Ann enjoys teaching drawing and pastel painting to adults and teens.
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.”