"Realism is an art form that expresses nature as seen purely, whether it’s light, texture or composition. There are, however, always one or two particularly striking features that my work revolves around. Bringing these aspects to the forefront makes the piece come to life."
Award Winning Artist
Maryann Kot worked in pharmacy and drugstore management most of her adult life. When retiring from her full time professional career, she immediately committed herself to another career that was just as demanding and rewarding-art. When retiring she entered into the extensive three year nature illustration program at the Art Institute, Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona. The three year certificate program focuses on the basic elements of drawing nature through study of our natural surroundings. This direction cemented Maryann's passion for nature and realism in her art. After getting her Certificate in Nature Illustration, Maryann went on to take workshops throughout the US, concentrating on colored pencil and oil studies. She continues to work to improve her art techniques.
Maryann moved from Tucson, AZ to Livermore, CA (San Francisco East Bay) in 2012. She uses her diverse living experiences as inspiration to improve her ability to draw and paint exact expression she envisions.
Maryann teaches drawing and colored pencil at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore, CA, and gives workshops and demonstrations in the local area.
Colored Pencil Society of America
International Guild of Realism
Tucson Colored Pencil Artists Association -Tucson, AZ
Livermore Valley Pencil Artists-Livermore, CA
Curator to the Grapes to Wine Show
Shows and Exhibitions:
CPSA International Juried Show 2010, Los Gatos, CA
CPSA International Juried Shows "Explore This" 2010 & 2011
Juried shows throughout AZ and CA - including Haggin Museum (Stockton Art League) 2012 & 2014
Two man shows-including Murphey Gallery, Tucson AZ, 2009 & 2010 Hilltop Gallery, Nogales, AZ 2008
Group Shows-including Spring Art Show, Livermore, CA 2011 (Best of Show) 2012, 2013 (Best of Show) 2014
Blackhawk Gallery 2015-2016
Pal Adobe Show Award winner 2018
Show Curator-To the Point I, Bankhead Livermore, CA, and To the Point II, Berkshire Hathaway Livermore, CA
Grapes to Wine Show, Livermore, CA 2015
Featured Artist Showcase, Northwest Harold Mag, Feb 2017
Maryann welcomes your questions or comments and may be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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