Pastel can be a line, contributing calligraphic and gestural quality to form, or it can be a tonal passage of color. Strokes can be thick or thin; passages of color can be narrow or broad with blended or precise contours. It can be applied in a myriad of ways. My intent is to use this language of line and color to communicate qualities of my subject while maintaining the unique integrity of the medium.
My subjects present color opportunities that the rich color quality of pastel can amplify; color experience is always a significant characteristic of my paintings. My challenge lies in discerning and then communicating intangible qualities of my subject without allowing the form to dominate.
Pastel is a portable medium allowing me to continue in the tradition of artists working directly from a subject. My landscapes are plein aire. The working experience is linked with the ever-changing environment that presents variables of color, value, and texture. My larger still lifes, also tied to the seasonal year, are done from observation.
Mary Padgett's paintings are distinctive for her use of color. She works in both oil and pastel, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has been featured in American Artist magazine.
Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including Towers Perrin, Takasago International, and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She has participated in many local and national exhibitions, with exhibition and competition awards from the Pastel Society of America, the Fenimore Art Museum, and the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition.
Mary was educated at Boston University and Syracuse University. She has taught painting and color courses for Syracuse University and Cazenovia College, and currently conducts workshop programs in the US and abroad.