“I will never get bored with this,” says Mary Lamery of painting places in new ways, recording what she hasn’t seen before. She is drawn to what the Impressionists did when they broke with classical school of perfection and Graeco-Roman subjects. “They also broke school,” she adds, “by loosening their strokes and using local color in terms of shadow.” They painted life in the moment—and developed the idea of completing a painting in one sitting.
But Mary’s goal isn’t to just paint like an Impressionist. Life is very different these days. Far from being locked into stiff, static forms and strict conventions, we are awash in a turbulent sea of constantly changing impressions and values. So instead of freeing us up, Impressionistic techniques and ways of looking can now allow us to slow down and “observe what’s there,” to take in “the individuality of things and see the innate beauty and elegance we take for granted”—or don’t see at all in our busy lives.