About Mary Bechtol
Mary has had a love affair with the arts ever since a third grade teacher in her native Oklahoma taught her to paint to music. “I can still do the demonstration to Old Man River,” she recalls fondly.
She studied art at West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas and has also had the good fortune to study with many “greats” in classes and private workshops. Watercolorist Stephan Kramer taught her how to adjust color temperature. Charles Reid and Charles Sovek were also eager to share their expertise along with Scott Burdick who taught her to appreciate color value. Mary’s latest mentor is Rick Howell who, she says “gave me the courage to do what I do.” Some of her most avid collectors are other artists which Mary finds both affirming and complementary.
Mary paints as a way of expressing her personal views of the world around her. She paints primarily in oils. She is inspired by “Light. Light. Light.” and the way it plays on an object. She frequently paints in series. Once something stirs her imagination she finds it hard to say everything about the subject on one canvas. She uses a limited palette of 4 or 5 colors and focuses on making each canvas predominately cool or warm. Even with a limited palette, Mary is able to create a rich rainbow of color in each piece.
Mary is a registered nurse, has worked as a commodity and stock broker and raised a family of three daughters alongside her husband David, a large-animal veterinarian who is also an accomplished and published wildlife nature photographer. She is an avid bird-watcher so you will always find at least one bird in her landscape paintings. Mary and David live on a farm in Canyon, Texas.