SIAG Hosts May Demonstration Artist Mary Hoffman

Seabrook Island Artist Guild (SIAG) welcomes Mary Hoffman
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
1:30-4:00 pm
The Lake House
Live Oak Hall

Mary will demonstrate painting a portrait from a live model. This art demo is open to all.

“I want to show the viewer that what is ordinarily taken for granted is worth a second look and to bring attention to all things lovely which surround us daily.  For me, inspiration cumulates in bold shapes of light and shadow and their effect on color, creating a story the viewer visually completes. Brushwork is important to me, and I love the lush, loose brushwork that somehow illustrates the fine elements of a subject without painting every detail.”

Mary Hoffman has always loved the creative process through drawing and painting since she was a small child. At the age of six her father enrolled her in her first oil painting class.

 As her artistic skills developed over the years, Mary became best known for her portraiture art. Portrait commissions helped finance her college studies at The Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, where she earned her BFA in 1989.

Soon after graduating, Mary entered several juried Fine Art Shows and Exhibits, one of which earned her the “Best of Show” title as well as many “3rd Place” and “Honorable Mention” ribbons. Her artistic journey took her to the Southeast where Mary taught Life Drawing, Portrait Painting and Basic Drawing classes a few weeks of the year and continued her Portrait business. 

Since 1990, CEO’s, major Universities, notable actresses and professional athletes and collectors from all over the world have commissioned Mary for her elegant oil paintings and charcoal portraiture. 

In 2005, her artistic abilities expanded even further after attending her first Plein Air landscape painting workshop. The Plein Air addiction enhanced the painting experience for Mary in every way.

Today, Mary enjoys combining her love of the portrait and figure with painting Plein Air landscapes. She travels and paints Plein Air Paint-outs all over the United States.  Her work is documented on her website,

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-Submitted by Bonnie Younginer, Seabrook Island Artist Guild

(Image credit: Mary Hoffman)