want to share my paintings of local treasures and special places in the
Napa Valley, the Marin Coast as well as glimpses of Mt. Diablo.
I am fortunate living in Northern California. I can paint the compelling
landscape en plein air 12 months out of the year. I hope you find joy
and discovery in my images.”
Mary Lou Correia's inspiration for painting arises from observing Nature
and man's gentle intrusion into it- the angular slope of an old barn,
reflections in a quiet stream, the changing of light of a pastoral
Influenced by the Impressionists' use of brilliant, sensuous layers of
color, she observes the grace and beauty of Nature to capture a vignette
in time. Painting loosely with exuberant brush strokes, her vibrant
color combinations express the changing moods of the landscapes.
Challenged by painting pure landscape with only the hint of human
presence, her painting encourages the viewer to appreciate and preserve
landscape for future generations.
Mary Lou has a classical art education. She received a bachelor's degree
at Syracuse University, followed by graduate work at CCAC in Oakland.
After an early career teaching art at Salinas High School and Monterey
Community College, she worked for a number of years as a designer and
Director of Publication for Saint Mary's College in Moraga.
Mary Lou has received many awards and exhibited through the Bay Area and
nationally, including Oil Painters of America Annual Show, Washington
D.C.; Plein Air Painting Festivals in: Carmel; Marinscapes; Alameda; San
Luis Obispo; Plein Air Festival & Exibitions; Carquinez Scene on the
Straits; Saint Mary’s College Hearst Art Gallery, Slopes of Mt.Diablo;
Haggin Museum, Stockton; Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s, Best
of Plein Air Show.
Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art; Two Points of View: MaryLou Correia
& Paul Kratter June-September, 2013
Mary Lou’s works are in collections throughout the world and she is
represented by galleries in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Marin
County. She teaches plein air workshops on a regular basis through the
Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education Program.
American Impressionist Society
California Art Club
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association