Mary Todd Beam
Mary Beam, painter, popular
instructor, juror, lecturer is an elected member of the American
Watercolor society, where
she became a Dolphin Fellow and won their Gold Medal of Honor in 1996;
Society, Ohio Watercolor and many others. She
has been the juror for state, local and national exhibits; such as the
Society's Annual and the Rocky Mountain Annual Exhibit. Her work
has been chosen for
inclusion in several major exhibits including the National Academy of
Design's Biennial in
New York city. She has won awards from many major exhibits
including the Gold Medal
from the American Watercolor Society, the Ralph Fabri Medal, the Ohio
Silver and Bronze medals, the Lone Star award, Top Juror's Award in the
Watercolor Society's Annual Exhibit. She has won the Experimental
Award in the
National Watercolor Society's Annual in Los Angeles
Several books on painting include her paintings and written text. Notable among these are Maxine Masterfield's Painting the Spirit of Nature, Nita Leland's The Creative Artist, Michael Ward's The New Spirit of Painting and Greg Albert's Splash. She was also a featured artist in American Artist's Watercolor'90". Also Marilyn Phillis' recent book, Techniques for Releasing the Creative Spirit. She is listed in Who's Who in American Art and the World's Who's Who of Women. Her work appears in collections both in the U.S. and Abroad.
As wife, mother, painter and teacher she maintains two studios, one in Ohio and other in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. She spends most of her time exploring nature as the basis of her interpretive painting and cherishing the hours she shares with the surrounding mountains, streams and forest. Husband Don, since retiring, accompanies Mary on many of the workshops. He expresses his artistic talent by working with found objects.
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