Mary Singleton is an artist living and working in New Orleans. She is known for her bright, Fauvist-influenced, contemporary and botanical paintings.
“Nature is a hauntingly wild force that New Orleans has had to learn to coexist with. Both beneficial & contentious, the surrounding waters have taken life and given it. It is with respect and awe of this beautiful force that I seek to create a dialogue between the city and its natural surroundings.
The motion and fluidity across my body of work is inspired by the unique geographical traits of the region. Informed by rolling waters & dense foliage, each of my pieces is layered with a plush and chromatic visual representation of the tension that has shaped the city that I call home.
Ideally my work seeks to create a conversation about the nature of man and his surroundings working with sub-tropically inspired, sometimes abstracted, botanicals as a unifying familiar symbol. My work incorporates contour drawing, highlights negative space and includes more realized shapes that represent plants native to New Orleans. I like to experiment with the concepts of nature and playfulness and curiosity through the use of contrasting colors, and organic shapes.”
While at LSU she received the nomination to attend Yale Norfolk and the Baton Rouge Art League's annual scholarship. After graduating she became an Artist in Residence with The Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. She has also worked with the other area organizations including The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
Currently Mary teaches weekly at Saint James Place Retirement Community as their resident art instructor engaging the residents in art's therapeutic properties. She also currently works with the Walls Project as a site manager and artist on community murals. She spends her time painting in her studio, collecting plants and spending time with those dearest to her.
Mary received a BFA from Louisiana State University. She’s worked with several small business to incorporate a handmade feel into their design and branding, including Saint Claude Social Club.
1984 Born in Louisiana
2015 Bachelor of Arts, Louisiana State University
2019 Verve, Claire Elizabeth Gallery , New Orleans
2019 Soundgarden, Ochsner Baptist Auditorium Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, New Orleans
2019 Gemini, Femaissance, New Orleans
2018 Proserpina, Femaissance, New Orleans
2018 Fall Show, Hall-Barnett Gallery, New Orleans
2018 Flourish, Claire Elizabeth Gallery, New Orleans
2018 Spring Show, Hall-Barnett Gallery, New Orleans
2018 Art of Flavor, Where Y’art Gallery & Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery, New Orleans
2017 Featured Artist, Saint Claude Social Club, New Orleans
2016 Group Show, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge
2015 Senior Show, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge
2013 Group Show, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge
2009 Group Show, Gallery N, Baton Rouge
2005 Group Show, Rue Cou Cou Gallery, Baton Rouge
2006 Group Show, Rue Cou Cou Gallery, Baton Rouge
2003 Group Show, Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina
2002 Solo Show, The Rose Door, Baton Rouge
2016 Artist in Residence, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
2015-2016 Artist in Residence, The Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge
2009-2015 Artist in Residence, N the Art Space
2015 Baton Rouge Art League Annual Scholarship
2015 LSU Nomination to apply to Yale Norfolk
Private Collections in USA and overseas.
Coppervine Winepub, Brechtel Hospitality, New Orleans, Louisiana
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ochsner Hospitals, New Orleans & Elmwood, Louisiana
Tulane University A.B. Freeman Business School