Mary Pritchard

Hometown: Chestertown, MD

Mary Pritchard received her B.A in studio art from Mount Holyoke College and has Master’s degrees in both art and journalism. She was in-house corporate art curator for Ashland Oil, Inc., and has been a consultant to companies such as Nationwide Insurance Company and the New York Power Authority, advising on the acquisition, installation and conservation of art. She coordinated special events and traveling exhibitions for a variety of artists including internationally known landscape painter Wolf Kahn.

Following a career in education administration at the University of Delaware, she returned to painting fulltime. An award-winning pastel artist, she is known for her landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as well as coastal Maine and rural Nova Scotia. A popular workshop instructor, she maintains a studio in historic Chestertown, MD. Galleries representing her work include Bishop’s Stock, Snow Hill, MD; Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD; and the Station Gallery, Greenville, DE.


Artist statement

For several years I have concentrated on depicting the farms and rivers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The pandemic’s restrictions intensified that focus and allowed me to explore existing themes in greater depth. One of my favorite themes is the “looking through” series in which an open barn door frames a view of a distant field—creating a landscape within a landscape. Reflections and grasses on the rivers and creeks near Chestertown inspire paintings that deal with the complexity of nature—tangled grasses and the interplay of light and water. Pastel’s beautiful pigments and flexible techniques have made this introspective and quieter studio time very productive.