Raised in Mississippi, my interest in art
began at an early age, but was secondary to my study of
music until at the college level when I decided to pursue
art as my major.....then studying Advertising Design, and
not taking up watercolor painting until much later when my
children were in school all day and I could devote long
hours to the practice of painting. Eight to ten hours a day
were spent trying to “catch up”. I was driven by the desire
to learn the craft and excited when I began winning awards
in both local and national shows.
(Mary Ann Guice Boysen)
Like many artists starting their careers, I felt
the need to control the painting process into infinite detail. This
mood subsided when I found an instructor who taught me how to enjoy
the process, the happy accidents, and the things that didn’t need
I just wanted to paint what I saw, but add to
that a mood that was interesting. I delight in strong color, strong
shadows, detail only where it needs to be, yet many people say the
paintings look like photographs. It is my desire to go far beyond
that image, and truly create a work of art.
My subjects have been so varied over the years,
that I don’t know which is my favorite. As I tackle a challenging
subject, and learn the ins and outs of painting it successfully, I
move on to another challenge. I, perhaps will never be known for
painting one thing all my life, as the world is so full of wonderful
experiences that I want to paint them all!
My greatest joy sharing new techniques and products that I may
have just learned about myself! Sometimes I am learning right
along with my students!
In 2005, I discovered watercolor canvas,
and have been totally fascinated with this wonderful product. I can
paint in watercolor on a surface that has been reserved for acrylics
and oil over the centuries. When finished the paintings are treated
with an acrylic varnish, and can be framed without glass, offering
the buyer the solution to the reflection problem, I am grateful to
the canvas manufacturer for having the forethought and courage to
come up with something that adds diversity to the life of an artist.
I am so taken with this process that I wrote
a book for artists who would like to experiment with the canvas.
It is available on this site.
I love being able to change my mind in the middle
of a painting and wipe out an entire section without destroying the
surface on which I am painting. My first feeling was that I wanted
to retain the clarity of transparent watercolor (like the purist
that I have been since I learned to paint), but there are so many
more avenues that watercolor provides, that I find it exciting to
change colors, textures, and go from transparent colors to opaque
colors to add body to the painting.
My subjects have run the gamut from still life to
architecture, landscapes, broken glass, cut glass, lace and flowers.
On my trips abroad, I actually add people to the paintings because
that is where the people are! The ancient buildings without people
in the streets would look lonely and barren.
More recently, I have been introduced to
Rtistx Board, a product manufactured in Texas, made of PVC
with a special granulated surface. It produced the most amazing
washes that you can imagine! This is another surface worth looking
into and exploring. If you love watercolor, you will love this! As
you surf through this site, you will see many paintings on this
product and I think you will agree that they have a special quality
that cannot be achieved on any other surface.
At my ripe old age, I am really having fun
learning new things about waterbased mediums, and my latest is
painting in acrylics with a palette knife. Using
blending mediums and retarders, I can make it feel as if I am
painting with oils, yet they dry much faster. It is fun to get
three-dimensional textures to my work. Another avenue, another
adventure. I try to upload images frequently so that my students and
the public can see what I am up to! It is fun, and I encourage your
responses to what I produce.
If you are an aspiring artist, I have a teaching
website that offers you the opportunity to upload your work, ask for
critiques, and/or tell what techniques you used for your work.
My other love is working with the computer,
learning new things that will keep me in contact with the public as
I age. My webpage has been on the Internet since 1995. My son calls
me a pioneer, as not many people had websites then nor email! By
having learned the use of the computer in those years, I now can
design ads for organizations for which I volunteer, send emails to
those interested in my work, and keep myself very busy on any rainy
So there you have it, my life, my work, my
passion......creativity…painting,… being involved in life!