Mary Cregan

Mary C.

Cleveland, OH
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Oil Painting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Painting with oils is very much its own endeavor. It has its quirks. But every artist creates a self-specific process within the confines of oil painting's "rules". I work mainly in oils currently and concentrated on painting during my time in undergrad. I can show you how to manipulate this medium to get it to do what you want, as well as how to back off, to let your own hand and the material do what *they* will. Push & pull. My subject info under "Painting" is still applicable here, but I appreciate the distinction for oils. They really are so.

I would also like to add that for this subject, I am increasing my prices slightly. Frankly, oil painting set up / process has more ... fuss to it. In other words, getting prepped to complete a still life drawing takes far less time than an oil painting of the same subject. Also oil paint is simply a more expensive medium to use. You will notice in galleries and museums that this is why oil paintings are always the big ticket items. And as per usual, virtual classes cost just a tad less than in-person (not to discourage in-person though, because I'm all about that!) :)
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Mary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2016

I am a recent college graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. My main areas of concentration are drawing and painting, but I am also trained in printmaking, photography, sculpture, etc. Being an artist means being a lot of things. You are not someone with just a hobby; you are an engineer, mathematician, planner, risk taker, designer, scientist. The list goes on. I dedicate my life to problem-solving. This is what art is. I would love to share my knowledge and be able to continue to support my creative life by supporting the drive for success in others.

I have really no age limit in terms of students. If you are a parent looking for a teacher for a child/ren, that's great, we could have some fun constructing and working on anything from still lifes of their favorite toys to acrylic paintings that touch on color relationships. If you yourself are looking to strengthen your drawing from nature or learn how to build a realistic self-portrait, that's great too. I'm willing and happy to do anything from spending time sculpting with a senior citizen to discussing and working on conceptual painting with a student in need of more outside fuel and support for their creative fire. I believe that teaching to think like an artist is just as important as teaching technical ability. I've become adept at both of these skills in my four years at the University of Dayton, and I am so excited to share with and learn from you in return!

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Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Sep 2014 - May 2018
University of Dayton

Awards

Horvath Award for Realism
Apr 2018
Horvath Juried Exhibition
Second Place
Apr 2017
Horvath Juried Exhibition

Photos & Videos

Early oil still life next to in-prog self portrait. My work is self-referential & conceptual in nature, often including elements of realism.

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Self-portrait done recently over a couple sessions looking in the mirror. Pencil on watercolor paper.

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All-nighter college studio selfie as a blonde. (I change my hair a lot - started off 2019 as a redhead after a solid two yrs of this tho!)
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Christine Mar 11, 2019
Drawing · In home

My daughter and I took drawing lessons with Mary, and it was a great experience. She adapted her plan to what we wanted to learn and guided us through the creative process. Mary was patient and gave great constructive feedback. I would recommend her to everyone!

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