As an en plein air painter Mary Prince works vigorously to capture the transitory light and atmospheric changes that give voice to the beauty and endurance of the natural world. Specifically, she focuses on the bold and rugged coastline and pristine islands of Northeastern coast of Maine and the delicate, age worn Catskill Mountains of New York,
Trained originally as an abstract painter in the tradition of Hans Hoffman, Mary explores the momentary atmospheric changes in natural settings: times of day, fog, and storms, which reflect the beauty, energy and change inherent in the natural world. Her imagery captures the stability of an environment amidst continual change.
Her prints are variations of her painting themes. Beginning with an image taken from her painting, she moves to more personal creative variations. The dimension of en plein air painting is thus expanded into the realm of gesture.
Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in 1948, Mary Prince grew up along the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a Master of Arts and a Master of Education from Columbia University.
Mary studied painting in New York and in Brooklin, Maine with Nieves Billmyer, a long time student of Hans Hofmann and a second-generation abstract expressionist painter. After studying abstract expressionism, Mary became interested in portraiture and landscapes bringing to each of these genres the compositional and gestural quality of abstraction. Mary has studied ceramics with Jacqueline Rice of RISD and printmaking with masterprinters such as, Tony Kirk of Center for Contemporary Printmaking and Majorie Van Dyke of VanDeb Publications.
Mary Prince’s paintings and prints have been exhibited and represented in galleries throughout the United States, including the Winspread Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine; the Virginia Miller Gallery in Coral Gables, Florida; the Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; And the Hespe Gallery in San Francisco, California. Mary’s prints have been included in the 14th, 12th, 10th, and 9th Annual IFPDA Print Fair in New York City represented by Stewart & Stewart of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In addition, her work is in numerous corporate and private collections, including those of Darby & Darby in New York, New York; Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri; and Hoffstra University Museum in Hempstead, New York and The University of Maine Art Gallery in Machias, Maine. Also her painting Cold Dew is featured in The Artist and the American Landscape by John Driscoll and Arnold Skolnick, First Glance Books.