May Final Friday

Colorful Expressions

Mary Brooks

May 31st - June 24th

Mary Brooks is a painter and mixed-media artist based in Lawrence. In her abstract and nonrepresentational art, she uses acrylics, inks, glazes, and other materials to explore the myriad patterns, colors, shapes, and textures of our world. A proud Midwesterner, she is the daughter and granddaughter of skilled St. Louis-area ironworkers, a heritage she believes fuels a passionate dedication to hard work and attention to detail. After earning a degree at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Mary enjoyed a lengthy career in academic publishing as an editor and indexer, with clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Her turn to acrylic painting followed professional training at the Kansas City Art Institute and in workshops around the country, including those centered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, her “home away from home.” A frequent traveler, her personalized license plate reads TMBLWD and reflects the gathering of colorful experiences, inspiration, and memories, all of which inform her art. Mary’s paintings are found in personal collections throughout the Midwest and beyond. 

You can find Mary's exhibit in the Phoenix Gallery Underground.