Sausalito - Artist Mary Lou Correia

Mary Lou Correia San Francisco Bay Area Landscape Artist


“I 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 scene. 

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.


Professional Memberships:

            American Impressionist Society

            California Art Club

            Laguna Plein Air Painters Association


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