Mary Ann Pope
Cooper Union, New York, NY
Art Center - University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
The inspiration for the landscapes Mary Ann Pope now paints, in oil, acrylic and watercolor, are from the untrammeled land to be found in the mountains and valleys of the South. Lately her paintings also reflect the travels she has made in this country and abroad.
An impressionist landscape painter in watercolor, oil and acrylics, Mary Ann Pope works primarily from photographs she takes of scenes around Huntsville, Alabama, especially forest interiors deep in the woods near her home. Many of her locations are in remote areas where it is inconvenient to set up an easel for plein-air painting. Her approach to painting is to study nature closely, and then "simplify its forms, and capture its appearance with controlled applications" of paint.