Artist and teacher makes simple things come to life.
Mary Andeline jokes that she used to paint anything that didn’t move. She started out by making Christmas presents or creating artwork for friends and family, but eventually turned her attention and her talents to fine art. Watercolor and acrylic painting is her passion today, and she does so daily from her home studio in Sunrise Beach.
The studio is an artist’s dream filled with work stations, drawers of supplies and enough space to set up several easels, all with a view of the Lake. It’s the perfect backdrop to get the kind of inspiration she needs. A nature lover, most of Andeline’s subjects come from the outdoors — in the form of birds, wildlife, and flowers. When traveling or just out-and-about she will often snap a picture and use the image to sketch out what she wants to paint.
“I enjoy painting because I love capturing the essence of tranquility that occurs in nature,” she said. “There’s so much beauty here that I want to convey it on canvas.”
Andeline is primarily a self-taught artist. She started in high school when she had to take an elective art class, but her parents took notice of her natural creativity and encouraged her to continue painting. Having a family and traveling with a husband who served in the military slowed her down for a few years but she eventually picked it back up and started taking a few art courses and workshops. She immersed herself in local art clubs and started entering shows. Her hard work paid off as she began to get noticed by local, national and international galleries.
“Just like in life, I set goals for accomplishing milestones when it came to my art,” Andeline said. At first it was to win a ribbon at a show. That took her four years. Later on it was to be an exhibitor at a large show, which happened when one of her paintings hung in a gallery in Leon, France.
When Andeline moved to Lake of the Ozarks 18 years ago she became involved in the Ozark Brush & Pallet Club and is currently the vice president of the Lake Arts Council facilitating a number of visual arts shows and events held throughout the year. She spent many years as a substitute teacher at School of the Osage, and will occasionally teach a class for senior citizens through State Fair Community College. She mainly passes down her knowledge through private lessons, giving one-on-one instruction to students.
See Andeline’s work at RJ’s restaurant, First National Bank and Bill’s Art Gallery, all located in Camdenton. Contact her at 573-374-9297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.