Mary Silvia

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Mary F. Silvia
Mary Silvia

I am originally from Massachusetts where I attended studies in art education, drawing classes and workshops instructed by area professional artists and at the local college. At that time, I was working mainly in charcoal, oils, acrylic, inks and pastels.

I moved to Dunedin Florida in 1992, and attended classes in watercolor instruction at the Dunedin Art Center with various professional artists and have attended numerous workshops to continually develop my skills.

While I love watercolor and its many possibilities, I will include acrylic, inks, gouache, pastels, pencil and charcoal and collage materials in my paintings to achieve the desired affect.

The surfaces for my choice of mediums varies from watercolor paper, canvas, illustration board, Thai Papers, Papyrus, wood, Plexiglas and just about anything that will accept paint.

Recently I moved to and back from Massachusetts and Maine. While in Maine, I learned the creative process of Nuno Felting and Wet Felting – new love found!

Artist's Statement:

When I think of ‘how did I get myself into this art world?
I always come back to – I simply love to paint!

There is no rhyme or reason as to why I love to paint - only that I do.

It didn’t start this way for me at all with being married and busily raising three children and working to make ends meet.

But, I was always taking a creative class of some sort and at one of those classes - which was for custom floral design – the instructor whispered in my ear “have you ever thought of painting?”…… the seed was planted!

The beginning of my passion - with the thought put into my head that led to my loving what I do each day since – creating art in whatever medium and surface I feel and in the style of the moment of what I am seeing and feeling.

So, after many years of classes and workshops and hours with a brush in hand, here I am – sharing my work with people who love art – and that only happened because an artist friend suggested I should exhibit my art work.

Never did I think I would be showing my work to so many people nor enjoy so immensely the sharing of dreams, hopes and desires and processes with so many.

I am truly the recipient of the fruits of the labor of love.


Associate Degree in Business Management, Bristol County Community College, Mass

Intensive Weekend Painting Workshops with private artists in Massachusetts and in Florida.

Studied with artists for multiple applications at the Dunedin Art Center,

Saint Petersburg College for computer courses in publishing and graphic art.

Instructed students on Tole/Decorative Painting and Stencil Design in Massachusetts

Stained glass and copper foiling workshops

Nuno Felting and Hand Felting classes in Bath, Maine

Selected Juried Exhibitions:

Massachusetts Art Leagues annual and semi annual exhibits.

Extensive juried art shows throughout the state of Florida - ongoing

Gallery exhibits: Ozona Gallery, Oldsmar Town Center, Dunedin Art Center, Francis Wilson Playhouse,
Imago Gallery, Morton Plant Gallery, Clearwater City Hall, The Glass House

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Creative Artists Guild
PO Box 324
Dunedin FL 34698