Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Mary Clohessy had an opportunity to develop her interest in painting at an early age by receiving private art instructions at a St. Louis convent. After several years, which spanned a marriage, three children, and a move to Moberly, Missouri, she again pursued her love of painting and joined a newly-formed local art association. During this time she added three more children to her family while continuing to actively participate in all art opportunities.
While moving from Missouri to Chicago, Illinois, to Muncie, Indiana, and to Fort Wayne, Indiana, she sought out and became very involved in local art Guilds and Associations, winning many awards for her oil paintings, which depicted a wide range of subjects.
While being an early admirer of impressionism, her works are now definitely influenced by the realistic art of Andrew Wyeth, Ken Davies and Frederik Grue.
She and her husband recently moved to Columbia, and are happy to be back in Missouri, near family both in Columbia and St. Louis. While admitting to being over 70, she still particularly likes to explore challenges to her abilities as a realist.
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