Gallery Forty-Two is pleased to announce the addition of watercolorist Mary Clouse and will feature the Indianapolis-based painter in its first floor gallery. Clouse, a native of Dayton, OH, uses brilliant colors in her paintings of seasonal landscapes, animals and wildlife – expressing her love for “all sorts of creatures.” She intends for each piece to tell a story, whether the storyline is evident to the viewer or not.
Clouse recently transitioned from working in oils to watercolor as she feels the latter is more alive and provides a co-creative experience. “I never know how the water, paper and pigment will react together and I love that element of surprise in my work,” explained Clouse. “I find my best work is done when I let go and allow that collaboration between artist and elements to occur.”
In addition to traditional watercolor surfaces, she also enjoys working with different types of paper, such as Masa (Japanese rice paper) and Yupo (plasticized paper) which broadens this interactive experience between artist and medium.
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.
About Gallery Forty-Two
Past and present meet to create an immersive and captivating experience in this stunning Indianapolis art gallery. Offering more than three thousand square-feet of gallery and event space, our new renovation honors both the legacy of historical architecture and the fine art traditions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Gallery Forty-Two is committed to providing the discerning art collector an excellent source of artworks that combine the brilliance of inspiration with the spirit of antiquity.