Mary Spellings received her BA in art from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She has studied with many notables, like Tony Couch, E. John Robinson, Franklin Jones, and Albert Handell. During her 30 plus years of painting, Mary has done many commissioned works for people all over the United States. She has done wall murals for the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee. Mary has work in Canada, England, Brazil, China, Australia, and in many private collections around the world. Around West Tennessee, she is known for limited edition prints of local landmarks. Mary enjoys painting portraits, animals, historic buildings, and landscapes. Mary seeks to tell the story of life in West Tennessee through her work. Her favorite mediums are watercolor and pastel. Mary lives in the small country town of Mercer and enjoys animals and nature. She is a member of the Jackson Art Association, the Memphis Germantown Art League, and a signature member of the Kentucky Watercolor Society, the Tennessee Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Society of Alabama, the Missouri Watercolor Society, and the Southern Watercolor Society.

Mary has had many solo shows in the region:

2005 Hendersonville Arts Council at historic Monthaven
The Ned, Jackson, Tennessee
2006 Parsons Cultural Arts Council at the Parsons Municipal Center
Arts in the Airport - Nashville International Airport
2007 Corinth Artist's Guild Gallery in Corinth, Mississippi
2008 Bank of Jackson
One of four guest artists for the Strawberry Festival Art Show, Humboldt, TN
Part of group exhibition "Our Town" at Askew, Nixon, Ferguson Architectural, Memphis
2009 Solo Show at Tennessee Art League Premiere Gallery - Nashville
2010 Found 2010 at Ned - Jackson, TN

Mary has won numerous awards:

2000 Central South Art Exhibition - Nashville - Burt Brush Watercolor Award
MGAL Spring Show - Graphics Award
2001 Gibson County Top of the Art - Best of Show
2003 National League of Pen women - Second Place
West Tennessee State Fair - Best of Show, First Place
2004 MGAL - Watercolor Award, Best Color
Middleton Fur, Fin, & Feathers - Best of Show, First Place
Somerville's Cotton Festival - Best of Show
2005 Savannah Art Show - Best of Show, Best Animal
Mid - South Fair Memphis - Best of Show, First Place
Southern Expressions - Bolivar, First Place, Best Architecture
2006 Gibson Co. Visual Arts Assoc. - Best of Show
Kentucky Watercolor Society - Brown - Forman Purchase Award
Jackson Art Association - Bancorp South Purchase Award
2007 Jackson Art Association - Purchase Award, First place, Second place, 'Best Perspective'
Parsons Peavine - Best of show
Artists of Northwest Arkansas - postcard award
Middleton art show - Best of show
2008 Savannah art show - Best of show
JAA - purchase award, best color
KWS - Brown-Foreman purchase award
2010 Memphis Germantown Art League "Star Artist" - Second Place
Memphis Germantown Art League - Best of Show
Southern Watercolor Society - Muhlenberg County Arts Advocacy Award of Honor
Savannah Art Guild - Best of Show
Southern Expressions - Best of Show
2011 Fur, Fin, and Feathers - Best of Show
GCVAA - Third Place
Jackson Art Association - Purchase Award
Savannah Art Guild - Best of Show
2012 Jackson Art Association - Purchase Award
Bolivar Southern Expressions - Third Place
Tennessee Watercolor Society - Da Vinci Award
2013 Memphis-Germantown Art League - Second Place
Bolivar Southern Expressions - Second Place, Best of Show
Watercolor Society of Alabama - Patron Fine Art Award
2014 Jackson Art Association - Purchase Award

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