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Mary Marquiss works primarily in water-media because it allows her to build multiple, thin layers of paint, creating depth and texture in her work. The inspiration for her art comes from the beauty around her: the strength of a single flower, the mystery of a half opened door, or the voluptuous shape of a pear. Over the past several years she has found the patina of weathered materials like clay and stone extremely attractive. Her large format florals have received numerous awards from the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Mary teaches art classes in Bend, with a philosophy that encourages each student's individual style. Her original art and limited edition prints can be seen at The Tumalo Art Company.



  • 2002 'Warming Up', Award of Achievement, Juried WSO show, Astoria
  • 2000 'A Patina in Time', Juried Competition, Sunriver Music Festival
  • 1999 'Three Feathers', Award of Distinction, Juried WSO show, Portland


  • Watercolor Society of Oregon
  • Central Oregon Arts Association


  • 2002 – Desert Sage Memories – pen and ink
  • 2002 – Cascade Reader – pen and ink


  • Bachelor of Science from University of Oregon
  • Studied with art instructors Alex Powers, Katherine Liu, Carole Barnes, Skip Lawrence, Judi Betts, Bill Herring, Ron Ranson, Judy Morris, David Taylor, Diane Maxey, and Eric Wiegardt