Mary Clouse uses brilliant colors in her original paintings of seasonal landscapes, animals and wildlife – expressing her love for “all sorts of creatures.” Clouse, a native of Dayton, OH, intends for each piece to tell a story, whether it is evident to the viewer or not.
Clouse attended Marian University where she majored in Fine Art. While in school, her artistic talents ranged from drawing and painting, to creating ceramic sculptures and setting stained glass. Her diversity and dedication to the artistic craft were recognized when she was awarded the All Department Art Award, Outstanding Senior, during her final year of college.
She would go on to establish a career as an interior and retail designer, working for several private design studios, department stores and retail fixture design and manufacturing firms.. Over the years she enjoyed various creative outlets, including illustrations, murals, design and marketing materials, and a number of crafts. In 2011, The Adventures of Frissle the Bear, a children’s story written and illustrated by her, was published; once again combining her love of animals and art.
Mary is an active member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana and has attended a number of workshops, including an intensive workshop with renowned international watercolorist, Frank Francese. She exhibits her work in the Midwest region and her paintings have won numerous awards at such events as the Indiana State Fair and Riley Festival.