Plein-air painter, Mary Garrish, specialized in impressionism, landscapes, and nature. She is drawn to the peacefulness of being in nature and the challenge of capturing a scene as it exists for only a brief moment in time. The act of painting landscapes requires the artist to observe the intricacies of nature in a far more detailed way than what is usual for the casual observer. When painting, she feels an intimacy with both her subject and her medium and she marvels at the subtle interplay of light, color and space that is always evident in every subject.

“The ever-changing quality of nature reminds us of the impermanence of all existence and this awareness beckons us to more fully appreciate, in depth all that is before us in any given moment. One of my goals as an artist is to share my own heightened awareness of the awe and wonder that is our world with others as they engage in the act of viewing my paintings.”~Mary Garrish

Mary was born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1955 and served as the President of the American Impressionist Society for 2005-2007. Her major interest is Plein Air landscapes and other Representational Art. She paints annually around the world.

When asked about leaving a career in surgery for full time painting, Mary replies “I was pulled to art, not pushed from medicine.” Mary has devoted intense study in both her studio and in regular workshop participation with many of the great landscape artists of this era. Her art hangs in galleries and private collections around the United States. Mary has been selected to participate in numerous national juried shows, and has had several one-woman shows at both galleries and museums.



  • Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
  • Salmagundi Club, NYC -member
  • Oil Painters of America
  • American Impressionist Society-President 2005 – 2007, Signature Member
  • Plein Air Artists of Colorado-Signature Member
  • Women Painters of the Southeast-Signature Member