Mary O'Bara moved from Dundalk, MD to Chestertown in 1969 where she fell in love with the beauty of the Eastern Shore and started painting on pieces of driftwood she found on the beaches. Her large work of a Canada Goose won an award at a Washington College show. Once bitten by the artistic bug, she started taking lessons from local artists and painting whenever she could take time from the family's restaurant in Tolchester.
After selling the business, she opened a craft co-op in Kent Plaza Shopping Center in 1993 and was commissioned to paint a customer's. house on a wooden cut out. To her surprise, other requests followed that first order. She paints in all mediums and all subjects, but is best known for the wooden plaques, approximately 8"x5", she paints of historic buildings; which are also available as 3"x4" wooden ornaments.
Her inventory consists of over 60 Chestertown buildings and landmarks; as well as many local towns including: Betterton, Cambridge, Centreville, Church Hill, Crumpton, Easton, Galena, Kennedyville, Millington, Rock Hall, St. Michaels, Still Pond, Sudlersville, Tolchester Park, Tuckahoe S&G Park, Washington College, Worton, Wye Mills and several Delaware and miscellaneous buildings.
She also enjoys painting the homes, pets, children and vehicles of her customers. Their photographs are used to create a realistic likeness on wood, paper or canvas. She has painted a castle, a highriseand buildings from all over the world. Also many birds and animals including: goats, llamas, horses, kangaroos, sheep, dogs and cats.
Besides wood, canvas and paper she has painted on metal saws, slate and a brick (from a raised hospital) over the past forty some years. Contact her through Facebook, MaryO's Welcome Home;
Just a note: These images on the slideshow above are meant to give you an impression of the artist's style -- some are work on sale, others are examples of past work. Our apologies -- a technical problem occasionally causes the slideshow images to display the work oddly cropped. To see all of the work currently available for sale through River Arts, and displayed in the proper dimensions, just click the link below.